About One Read

One Read, coordinated by the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL), is a community-wide reading program sponsored by a task force of local media and community agencies.

This comprehensive program involves cities, counties, media, schools and businesses in encouraging adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussion and activities.

One Read Goals

  • To encourage leisure reading.
  • To encourage community collaboration throughout the DBRL region.
  • To provide a variety of means of participation through book discussions and other programs.
  • To provide resources for book discussion groups.

Choosing the Book

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

The reading panel considers the following when narrowing the list of books:

  1. Does the book contain thought-provoking subject matter that encourages discussion?
  2. Will the book appeal to a diverse audience?
  3. Is the book available in paperback and other formats that make it accessible to all?
  4. Can it be read or listened to in a timely fashion?

The panel looks for books the community will enjoy reading and discussing, that have a broad-based appeal to readers of different backgrounds and reading levels, and that address themes, issues and topics that will encourage and sustain spirited discussion.

One Read is generously underwritten by the Friends of the Columbia Public Library and made possible by organizations in our community. We thank all of our partners on the task force for their support.