One City, One Book
This fall, the Greensboro Public Library would like to invite everyone in Greensboro to read the same book for our One City, One Book program.
Every other year, the Greensboro Public Library along with many community partners, lead lively programs of discussion, films,
theatrical productions, readings, and more to engage the entire
community in the themes of the chosen work.
Planning to discuss Hidden Figures with your neighborhood, club, or class and could use some additional information about One City, One Book?
After a careful selection process, which included public voting for the first time, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly has been selected as the 2017 One City, One Book title. The book, which was also an Oscar-nominated
hit movie, is the incredible untold story of three African-American women working at NASA who served as the mathematical brains behind the successful launch of America’s first astronaut into orbit, John Glenn.
This year marks the eighth One City, One Book which is a community-wide initiative encouraging everyone to read
the same book. The 2017 kick-off event is scheduled for August 26. Other planned events include: memoir writing workshops, panel discussions on women in science, programs on the space race, films and even music of the era.
The selection process began in the fall of 2016 when library staff and community members reviewed title suggestions. The committee read a long list of titles and four books were chosen then reviewed by an executive committee. Four finalists were chosen: Dimestore by Lee Smith; Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende, and LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Once the finalists were selected the public was invited to vote online and at local Library branches and Hidden Figures was the overwhelming winner.