The idea of getting a community together to discuss a single book actually arose in Seattle and quickly spread across the US, coming to Pasadena in 2002. Since beginning, the Pasadena Public Library has hosted ten titles and with each presentation the list of collaborating organizations, firms, volunteers, and businesses grows.
The purpose of the series of discussions is just that: to discuss. We hope to begin a healthy, enlightening, interesting conversation among the people of Pasadena. The idea is not to agree, but to share thoughts and opinions. In sharing, we all learn.
Usually in late summer, about 15 community readers begin coming together to suggest titles for the next spring’s selection.
Criteria for selection include:
In March or April, the programs begin, with all sorts of cooperative sessions being offered. There are often book discussions throughout the community, in churches, stores, and libraries. Colleges and schools sponsor related events like panel discussions, art shows, concerts, or lectures. Everyone gets involved. In support, the Pasadena Public Library buys 200-300 copies of the book; usually the schools get another hundred or so, and Pasadena City College has many copies available for their students as well.
The Pasadena Public Library is very pleased to continue to present this strong community effort. We believe it creates a colorful and varied conversation, whether folks are talking about the book at the grocery store, at a soccer practice, before a church service, or over the back fence. And that’s what it’s all about: One City, One Story, many ideas.
“The Age of Miracles is a great choice for One City, One Story. It will expand your thinking and enliven your conversations. Come with us as we explore some “what if” scenarios. Leave the here and now, and take a look at what might happen if global warming continues, if tides begin to change based on new ocean levels, if foodstuffs become an endangered resource, and if the human race is forced to look at its existence in different ways. It’s an exciting and innovative ride that you won’t want to miss!
We’ll be in conversation with author Karen Thompson Walker on Thursday evening, March 14 at All Saints Church, with other events planned throughout the month of March.”
“The 2013 One City, One Story selection, The Age of Miracles, focuses on global change, uncertainty, and adjusting to a new normal, topics that are highly relevant to us today. It is certain to spark conversation and dialogue throughout the community.”
Pasadena Public Library has hosted the One City, One Story program since 2002. Here are the most recent programs.