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About One Book

Bringing Siouxland Together Around One Great Book

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Welcome to One Book

As the Reader Services Specialist for the Sioux City Public Library, I am excited to announce Shoeless Joe by the late W.P. Kinsella as our 2017 title for One Book One Siouxland. Over the last decade, the One Book One Siouxland initiative has brought our community together to enjoy great books and quality programming. This year will be no exception!

While at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, W.P. Kinsella crafted the much-loved baseball novel. Shoeless Joe is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

In planning this year’s activities, I’ve been very fortunate to work with amazing people from our community. Together, we’ve built fun and educational events to expand the reading experience. I’m confident you will agree. So grab a copy of the book and join us as we explore Shoeless Joe.

Best Wishes,

Kelsey Patterson

Reader Services Specialist

Sioux City Public Library

History of the Project

Community-wide reading programs began, essentially, in 1998 with an idea called, “If All of Seattle Read One Book.” Since then, similar programs have grown into an exciting and effective way to promote literacy and to foster community interactions. In 2006, the planning committee named the tri-state area’s reading program “One Book One Siouxland” to reflect the sense of a regional connectedness generated by this shared experience of reading and discussing the same book and the same universal human issues and values.

The 2017 Planning Committee

Margot Chesebro, Volunteer

Mara Dekat, WITCC LifeLong Learning Coordinator

Linda Healy, Volunteer

Marty Knepper, Volunteer

Gary Lipshutz, Volunteer

Shirley McArdle, Volunteer

Becky McKenny, Volunteer

Bill McKenny, Volunteer

Mark Munger, KWIT General Manager

Sioux City (Iowa) Public Library

Kelsey Patterson, Reader Services Specialist

Jodi Klocke, Communications Specialist

South Sioux City (Nebraska) Public Library

Dave Mixdorf, Director

Dan Nieman, Assistant Director

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