This year's One Read book, “The Boys in the Boat” follows members of a ragtag group of rowers as they struggle through the Great Depression, physical adversity and personal tragedy to win the 1936 Berlin Olympics and become one of the greatest crew teams in history. Taking inspiration from their story, we invite you to tell a story about beating the odds. Your short tale of 250 words or less could be about a moment of great significance or great subtlety, but all stories must contain an element of the underdog, of an unexpected come-from-behind win, or of getting back up one more time that you get knocked down. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online and the winners will receive book store gift cards. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Submit entries at www.oneread.org , mail them to us, or drop them off at any library or bookmobile stop. Full details online. Entries are due by Tuesday, September 23.
As you're walking around Fulton's brick district September 2-15, take a moment to see the historical memorabilia on display in the window across from the book store. You'll get a glimpse of life during the time period of "The Boys in the Boat."
Deepen your understanding of the era of "The Boys in the Boat," by visiting our timeline of cultural and news events during the 1930s from the Great Depression through the 1936 Olympics and the beginning of World War II. The display will be up through September 30.
Tune in to KOPN 89.5 FM every weekday August 21-September 30 to hear the audiobook version of this year's One Read book and announcements on additional One Read programming.
Tune in to hear host Steve Spellman interview the One Read co-chairs, and learn about the programs and events taking place throughout September.
Dr. Linda Davis, WWU professor of management information systems, rowed for four years for the University of Nebraska. She'll share photos and talk about her experiences, many of which parallel the descriptions in "The Boys in the Boat," this year's One Read book. She'll talk about the camaraderie, the fights, the weight battles and the personalities and backgrounds of different team members.
Dr. Peter Monacell, assistant professor of English at Columbia College, will lead a discussion of "The Boys in the Boat," hosted by Columbia College and its Stafford Library.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss this year's One Read selection with Julie Baka, president of the Columbia Library District Board. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew team and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The underdog team captured the attention of millions of Americans by defeating the much-lauded elite rival teams at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics, thus transforming the sport. The book closely follows the story of one of the rowers, Joe Rantz, a homeless teen who was inspired, along with his fellows rowers, to achieve success under the mentoring of their enigmatic coach and visionary boat builder.
The calf is stuck in Mud Pond, and only you can help Otis the tractor rescue him! So starts another adventure involving Otis, the star of a beloved book series by Loren Long. Drop in anytime during this session to create your own farm animal puppet, join a tractor parade and try to escape the treacherous mud maze. Ages 3 and older.
See the U.S. Flag as it looked in 1936 and get a glimpse of how American women might have dressed had they gone to the Olympics that year. Then, swing by the Historic Costume Gallery next door for a look at women's fashion through the eras. A curator will be present for questions Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays Noon-3 p.m. throughout September.