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.
2019 One Book One County
This year’s book title is “Diamond Willow” by Helen Frost. We have several events during the months of September, October, and November going on to help celebrate One Book One County.
About The Book
by Helen Frost
“Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. She wants her parents to notice that she is growing up. She wants her best friend to like her better than she likes a certain boy. She wants, more than anything, to mush the dogs out to her grandparents’ house, by herself, with Roxy in the lead. But sometimes when it’s just you, one mistake can have frightening consequences . . . And when Willow stumbles, it takes a surprising group of friends to help her make things right again.” – book jacket
Using diamond-shaped poems inspired by forms found in polished diamond willow sticks, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family. Hidden messages within each diamond carry the reader further, into feelings Willow doesn’t reveal even to herself.
How To Participate
It’s very easy! Just stop by the Main Library or Ossian Branch to get a copy of the books or check out the eBook or eAudiobook at the Northeast Indiana Digital Library. Then start reading. That’s it!
If you’d like to join us to talk about the books, you are welcome. Please register at the library and pick up a book at that time.
“Diamond Willow” by Helen Frost
- Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 pm (Main Library – Bluffton) (Grades 5-6)
- Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 pm (Main Library – Bluffton) (Adults)
- Monday, October 14 at 1:30 pm (Main Library – Bluffton) (Adults)
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, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, “A Place Called Hope” by Philip Gulley, “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, and “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.
This program is presented by the Wells County Public Library with financial support from the Friends of the Library.