One City One Book Launched

May 5, 2017

With financial support from the Hamilton Community Foundation, The Lane Libraries, and Hamilton's 17Strong micro-grant program, the largest community reading program is coming to Hamilton this fall for the first time. One City One Book brings book-loving Hamiltonians of all ages together to read the same book at the same time.

Earlier this year, Hamilton residents had the opportunity to vote for one of three titles for the inaugural One City One Book. Residents chose "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly, which tells the true story of black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.

The book was made into a major motion picture that was nominated for three Academy Awards.

One City One Book provides the perfect opportunity to bring Hamilton residents from all 17 neighborhoods together through reading. It is hoped that through One City One Book will reignite conversations about reading throughout Hamilton, from our libraries to our schools, from our local businesses to coffee shops.

"With the arts renaissance in Hamilton, this is the perfect time to highlight literature," said Niki Motley, who leads the volunteer grassroots initiative. "Through the book reading and its themes, we hope to create conversations and activities that engage our residents in thoughtful discussions that emphasize our commonalities."

Community events planned in October including read-ins, book discussions, art performances and more will take place throughout Hamilton in October as part of One City One Book. A full schedule of events will be released in September.

Residents can check out "Hidden Figures" from The Lane Libraries in any one of several formats including large print book, young readers' edition book and audiobook, plus the DVD and Blu Ray of the movie.

Hundreds of copies of "Hidden Figures" will be distributed to Hamilton City Schools, Badin High School and parochial elementaries in Hamilton for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms.  Copies of "Hidden Figures" will also be dispersed by the dozen throughout Hamilton in September.