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We launched One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads in 2005. We knew of Chicago's literacy initiative to encourage everyone in the community to read the same book and we were hopeful it would be successful in Louisburg. We formed a focus group that developed a month full of programs, events and reading. October was officially declared One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads month by the mayor of Louisburg and the first book we read together was Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene.

For the first several years, we structured a biennial event. It was so popular with our readers that in 2011 we made it an annual program.

Our previous titles are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, appealing to a variety of interests.

Do you have a book recommendation for future One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads?  Email your suggestion to Kiersten Allen.

2005
Once Upon a Town
by Bob Greene


2007
The Learning Tree
by Gordon Parks

 

2009
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

 

2011
Hate List
by Jennifer Brown

 

2012
Our Boys
: A perfect season on the plains with the Smith Center Redmen
by Joe Drape

 

2013
Until Tuesday: A wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him
by Louis Carlos Montalvan

 

2014
The Giver
by Lois Lowry

 

2015
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

 

2016
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

by Bill Bryson

Youth Companion Title:
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

 

2017
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer

 

2018Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Picture Book Companion Title:
We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

 

2019
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

 

2020The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 


2021
Who Owns the Ice House?  Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur by Clifton Taulbert & Gary Schoeniger
Youth Companion Title:
Peacebunny Island by Caleb Smith

 

2022
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

 

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