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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.

2016 One Book One County

The 2016 title is "A Place Called Hope" by Philip Gulley. We have several events during the months of September and October going on to help celebrate One Book One County, including an author visit, by Indiana native Philip Gulley on Thursday, October 20: 7-8 pm. See more details in the Upcoming Events section on this page.

About the Book*


The first book in the Hope series, which is a spin-off of Gulley’s popular Harmony series.

"When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It's not until the couple stand before him that he realizes change has come to Harmony. The wedding stirs up a tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings, and Sam soon finds himself facing possible unemployment.

Deeply discouraged, he wonders if his pastoral usefulness has come to an end. Perhaps it's time for a change. His wife has found a new job at the library, his elder son is off to college, and the younger has decided to join the military once he graduates high school. Sam contemplates a future selling used cars, until he receives a call from a woman in the suburban town of Hope, Indiana. It seems Hope Friends Meeting is in desperate need of a pastor. Though they only have twelve members, they also have a beautiful meetinghouse and a pie committee. Sam is quite fond of pie. But can he really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony?"  

* From the book jacket

How to Participate

It's very easy! Just stop by the Main Library or Ossian Branch to get a copy of the book or check out the eAudiobook at the Northeast Indiana Digital Library. Then start reading. That's it!

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, "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy" by Kelsey Timmerman, and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain .


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

One Book One County News

The Wells County Public Library is very excited to be able to host award-winning author Philip Gulley at the Main Library in Bluffton on Thursday, October 20 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana. An e… Read More

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, October 8 from 7-8 pm - Philip Gulley will be here! We have a special author visit by our One Book One County author Philip Gulley, who happens to be an Indiana native, which ties it wonderfully to help us celebrate Indiana's bi… Read More

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