About The Project

One Book, One CommunityOne Book One Community, now in its 13th year, is a grassroots reading program founded by the library to develop a community built around the shared experience of people reading and talking about the same book. Bringing people together to discuss ideas in books can play an important role in breaking down barriers between people, cultures, and economic and educational backgrounds.

The EVPL is joining with the area libraries, local schools and universities, book stores, media, and businesses to promote a culture of reading in the Southwestern Indiana community.

2014 Committee Members

  • Carol Abrams
  • Maureen Barton
  • Becky Conner
  • Monica Corcoran
  • Marianne Cox
  • Victoria Grabner
  • Jingle Hagey
  • Lesa Holstine
  • Mary Ann Hughes
  • Julie Kissinger
  • Miranda Knight
  • Mark Krahling
  • Amy Mangold
  • Allison Mooney
  • Mariana Mudd
  • Susan Orr
  • Diana Rodriguez Quevedo
  • Brad Reel
  • Nina Schultheis
  • DeeDee Shoemaker
  • Diane Sprick
  • Rachel Wambach

For more information, please contact us through AskEVPL.

History

One Book One Community of Southwestern Indiana came about because of one simple sentence: "You should do this." It was attached to an article from the Syracuse, NY newspaper describing that community's One Book program. The message was from Georgine Ward to her cousin, Evelyn Walker, at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

One Book One Community of Southwestern Indiana is now in its 13th year because of that one-sentence suggestion. Georgine attended the first program in 2001. She was delighted with guest author Vernon Jordan, with the community, and with her role in setting the idea in motion. An audience of over 1,600 people filled the Victory Theatre to hear Mr. Jordan. They, too, were delighted.

Southwestern Indiana has embraced One Book One Community and supported it for the past 12 years. Part of the support comes from our commitment to bringing authors to our area to speak, which makes us unique among One Book programs. Georgine Ward passed away March 12, 2011. We remember her fondly for her message: "You should do this."