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One Book One County

One Book One County is a community read program for Wells County held in September and October every year. The program is designed to create a countywide discussion by encouraging all residents to read the same book. There are also a number of special events at the library related to themes found in the featured book and potentially an author visit.

2015 One Book One County

The 2015 title is "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain. We have several events during the months of September and October going on to help celebrate One Book One County, including a Wabash River Program, Murder Mystery program, and a Local Author Night. See more details in the Upcoming Events section on this page.

tom_sawyer_scanned_cover.jpgAbout the Book*

Whether forming a pirate gang to search for buried treasure or spending a quiet time at home, searching his medicine with Aunt Polly's cat, the irrepressible Tom Sawyer evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth-centure rural America. In this classic story Mark Twain recreated a long-ago world offreshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded. The tale powerfully appeals to both adult nostalgia and young imaginations. Readers explore this memorable setting with a slyly humorous born storyteller as their guide.

Tom and Huck Finn conceal themselves in the town cemetery, where they witness a grave robbery and a murder. Later, the boys, feeling unappreciated, hide out on a forested island while the townspeople conduct a frantic search and finally mourn them as dead. The friends triumphantly return to town to attend their own funeral, in time for a dramatic trial for the graveyard murder. A three-day ordeal ensues when Tom and his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, lose their way in the very cave that conceals the murderer.

With its hilarious accounts of boyish pranks and its shrewd assessments of human nature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has captivated generations of readers of all ages. 

* From the book jacket

How to Participate

It's very easy! Just stop by the Main Library, Ossian Branch, the Northeast Indiana Digital Library, or online to check out a copy of the book today. Get it as a regular novel, graphic novel, audiobook, eBook, or eAudiobook. We have so many different versions of the book, it'll be hard not to find one to enjoy! 

Past Programs

Past community reads include "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein, "Room" by Emma Donoghue, "The Reading Promise" by Alice Ozma, "The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen, and "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy" by Kelsey Timmerman.


This program is presented by the Wells County Public Library with financial support from the Friends of the Library. 

One Book One County News

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If you have been reading our One Book One County selection "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," make sure to pick up a Discussion Guide at the library. Or get your copy here!     The guide was designed and compiled by WCPL staff member Catherine Ca… Read More

The Wells County Public Library and the Wells Community Theater are teaming up to offer a Murder Mystery Night at the Main Library on Friday, October 9 from 6-8 p.m. Step into a fictional event held at the Deadwood Saloon in the Wild West: enjoy casino/ca… Read More

Jody Heaston will be speaking on the history of the Wabash River at the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton on Thursday, September 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Jody is an Indiana Master Naturalist and coordinates nature programs for the state. She’s… Read More

Check out our One Book One County page for details about our 2015 book selection: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain. Then pick up a copy of the book at the Main Library, Ossian Branch, or online. Feel free to comment on this post if you have a… Read More

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