One Book, One Community is a reading initiative designed to bring all Brown County residents together through reading and discussing the same book. A coalition of agencies launched One Book, One Community to “engage the community in dialog and foster page-turning togetherness.”
Community read programs have been popular across the country for many years. The basic goal is to involve a community in a joint reading and discussion experience.
Brown County’s One Book One Community project was established as a grassroots effort in early 2006. It grew from a seed planted at a community-wide event focused on issues of diversity. Two attendees connected and agreed that an all community read could get folks thinking and talking about issues like respect, inclusion, and greater understanding for all individuals in our area.
These two women quickly grew to a roomful of leaders—all like-minded, active individuals and organizations with deep interest in diversity, literacy, and the humanities.
And while ‘diversity’ is not part of the group’s official mission, many members of the organizing committee remain committed to maintaining that focus for as long as these topics are relevant and necessary in our community.
Current organizers of One Book One Community include the following:
- Brown County Library
- Brown County UW-Extension
- Green Bay Area Public Schools
- Justice and Peace Committee – St. Norbert Abbey
- Moving Type
- The Reader’s Loft
- St. Norbert College
- UW-Green Bay
- Volunteer Center of Brown County
Additional financial support and/or in-kind gifts have been provided by the Wisconsin Humanities Council