"One Book, Everybody Reads" is the Library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program, which takes place each spring. The Library selects one book and then encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of related events. The culmination of the program takes place when the author visits Wilmette to talk about his/her book. In order to facilitate the experience, the Library offers numerous copies of the book in various formats for patron use.
The "One Book, Everybody Reads" program began in 2006 with the support of the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. The 2015 One Book title - celebrating the tenth anniversary of the One Book program - will be announced in early January.
Previous selected titles were:
2014: Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat.
2013: Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
2012: State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
2011: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
2010: Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
2009: The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester
2008: Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
2007: A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind
2006: Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian
The concept of a "One Book" program was launched in 1998 when Nancy Pearl, executive director of the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library, initiated "If All Seattle Read the Same Book." The Library of Congress offers lists of One Book Projects in the United States as well as information about the history of community reads programs on its website.