One Book, One Community is an annual event held by William & Mary Libraries and the Williamsburg Regional Library to encourage our community to come together and have a shared reading experience. The places where we meet – schools, libraries, playgrounds – create social bonds that strengthen communities.
Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg
The 2022 One Book, One Community program focused on Eric Klinenberg's book, Palaces for the People, which explores how shared spaces can positively impact society. In his book, Klieneberg reminds us that democracy is fortified by people coexisting together in public and that public spaces can produce community, belonging, and unity.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds
The selection for 2021's program is national bestseller Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. The book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. Swem Library and Williamsburg Regional Library have multiple copies of the book available for check-out, as well as the e-book.
There There, Tommy Orange
The inaugural selection for One Book, One Community was Tommy Orange's There There, which was a breakout bestseller and finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. The book explores themes of native people living in spaces and the challenges they face from depression to unemployment to struggles with identity.