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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.
Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Until Tuesday: A wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him by Louis Carlos Montalvan
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Picture Book Companion Title: We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore