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One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community is a grass-roots reading initiative that strives to create conversation and bridge differences through the shared experience of reading the same book. By creating conversation, we discover that we have more in common with each other than we think!

2022 One Book, One Community Programs & Events

The events of May 4th, 1970 at Kent State University have forever shaped who we are as Americans. We invite you to join the conversation by getting involved. Read the book, participate in a community book discussion or attend a community program. Copies of Kent State by Deborah Wiles are available at any library in Tuscarawas County.

Deborah Wiles Author Headshot

About the Book

From two-time National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles, a masterful exploration of one of the darkest moments in our history, when American troops killed four American students protesting the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University. As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why. Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points — protestor, Guardsman, townie, student — Deborah Wiles’ Kent State gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened that weekend in Ohio . . . an event that, even 50 years later, still resonates deeply.

About the Author

Deborah Wiles’s books include the picture book Freedom Summer and the novels Love, Ruby Lavender; The Aurora County All-Stars; the National Book Award finalist Each Little Bird that Sings; and A Long Line of Cakes. The first book in the Sixties Trilogy, Countdown, received five starred reviews upon its publication and has appeared on many state award lists. The second, Revolution, was a National Book Award Finalist. The third book, Anthem, was called “brilliant” in a starred review in Booklist and “musically and culturally immersive” in a starred review in Kirkus Reviews. Wiles lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can visit her on the web at deborahwiles.com.

Book Discussion Groups

Stop by any library in Tuscarawas County to pick up your copy of Kent State! Click here for discussion questions
For public libraries in Tuscarawas County (where public can get a copy of Kent State) click here.

Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday Night Book Club
Dover Public Library

Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 PM
Strasburg Book Discussion Group
TCPL Strasburg Branch Library

Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 PM
Bolivar Book Discussion Group
TCPL Bolivar Branch Library

Thursday, September 22 at 5:00 PM
O.B.O.C Book Discussion Group
TCPL Tuscarawas Branch

Thursday, September 29 at 12:00 PM
Chautauqua Book Club
Dover Public Library

Monday, October 10 at 1:00 PM
Sugarcreek Book Discussion
TCPL Sugarcreek Branch

Wednesday, October 12 at 6:00 PM
LGBTQ+ Alliance Beyond Book Club
125 Bluebell Drive SW in New Phila

Tuesday, October 18 at 1:30 PM
Afternoon Book Discussion Group
TCPL Main Library in New Phila

Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 PM
Hoodletown Brewing Co.
424 W 3rd Street in Dover

Monday, November 14 at 6:00 PM
Reeves Readers
Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
325 E. Iron Avenue in Dover

Community Programs

Click here for programming ideas for public libraries and schools.

1969: 365 Days of Transformation
Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 PM
TCPL Main Library in New Phila
Call 330-364-4474 to register.

Voices in Poetry (Teen Program)
Tuesday, September 20 at 3:00 PM
Dover Public Library
Call 330-343-6123 to register.

Film Night: The Day the 60’s Died: The Kent State Shootings
Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 PM
Dover Public Library
Call 330-343-6123 to register.

Field Trip to May 4th Visitor’s Center
Friday, October 7 at 10:00 AM
Kent State University in Kent, OH
Call 330-343-6123 for details and registration information.

Back in the Day Storytime (Ages 2-5 years old)
Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 AM
TCPL Main Library in New Phila
Call 330-364-4474 to register.

Retro Crafts (Teen Program)
Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00 PM
Dover Public Library
Call 330-343-6123 to register.

Remembering May 4th: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 PM
TCPL Main Library in New Phila
Call 330-364-4474 to register.

Four Dead in Ohio: From Both Sides Now
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 PM
Dover Public Library
Call 330-343-6123 to register.

Viewing of Short Film “May 4: Our Place in History”
Thursday, October 27 at 6:00 PM
Gnadenhutten Public Library
Call 740-254-9224 for details.

An Evening with Author Deborah Wiles
Monday, November 7 at 7:00 PM
No registration is required.

The British Invasion and American Answer: A Musical Journey
Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 PM
TCPL Main Library in New Phila
Call 330-364-4474 to register.

“Four Dead in Ohio: Was There a Conspiracy at Kent State?”
Zoom program featuring author William Gordon
Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 PM (ET)
More details at the One Book, One Community Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/32Fwom3QF 

Other Programming

May 4th Traveling Exhibit
This exhibit will be on display at the Dover Public Library during the month of September, at the Tuscarawas County Public Library in New Philadelphia in October, and at Kent State Tuscarawas in November. The May 4th Traveling Exhibit is on loan from the May 4th Visitor’s Center at Kent State University. For more details, click here.

Writing Contest
September 1-October 7
Teens and adults are invited to participate in this year’s One Book, One Community writing contest. Sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Writers Guild. Submission deadline is October 7, 2022. For complete information, click here.

Writing Contest Winners (click on title to read)

Teen Art Contest

September 1-October 14
This year the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts will hold an art contest for area teens based on the book Kent State by Deborah Wiles. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. For complete information, click here.

More Resources

Deborah Wiles Pinterest board: click here

Kent State Music Playlists: click here

Research Resources on Kent State: click here

Spotify playlist with selections from the audiobook: click here

Protest songs used in the book (“Ohio” is not on Spotify, as Neil Young removed his songs from the platform): click here

“Ohio” on YouTube, with good photos: click here

All playlists (for all books) are here: click here

Official book’s page on Deborah Wiles website: click here

Kent State’s May 4th Visitor’s Center: click here or click here

Connie Schultz article: click here

One Book, One Community Through the Years

Just Smile and Say Hello is Trang Moreland’s inspirational true story of growing up in poverty in Vietnam and her journey to success as a businesswoman in America. “You’ll be swept far away to a little hut with a dirt floor where my family and I lived for many years. You will venture into our rice paddy where I would swim in a bomb crater left over from the Vietnam War. You’ll learn about my brother and sister’s arranged marriages. You will meet my mother, and learn of her struggles. Then, you’ll journey with me to America, a strange place far away that spoke a language I did not know. You will learn how, with very little money, I was able to go to trade school and become a successful business owner.

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

Website: www.CatherinePrice.com

One of the best parts of a young child’s day is opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did that delicious food get there? From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Health tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. 

Website: www.WonderTheBook.com

Christmas Jars shares the story of Hope Jensen, an aspiring journalist who uncovers the remarkable secret behind a holiday phenomenon: money-filled glass jars anonymously given to people in need. Hope desperately wants to post the story, but doing so would be a breach of trust to the family who entrusted her with the secret. What she decides to do will change her life forever. A heartwarming story that will restore your faith in humanity and make you want to start your own Christmas Jar tradition.

Website: www.jasonfwright.com

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Websites: www.jayasher.blogspot.com

I know where Bernie Jones is; with one late-night phone call, Rick Niece is transported back over forty years to cherished childhood memories of small town DeGraff, Ohio. His daily newspaper route, the sights and wonders of a traveling carnival, the sounds of Christmas caroling-the idyllic memories all circle back to one special relationship. To Rickie, being friends with Bernie Jones was no different than being friends with any other boy in town. Bernie’s physical world was confined to a wheelchair, but that didn’t stop him from being an intrepid daydreamer, adventurer, and hero to Rickie. The unique friendship the boys forged defined an era in both their lives. When he left for college, Rickie promised Bernie they would meet again. Now, decades later, he is making the pilgrimage back to Ohio to fulfill that promise.

Website: www.RickNieceBooks.com

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the “contest era” of the 1950s and 1960s. Evelyn’s winning ways defied the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated views of housewives. To her, flouting convention was a small price to pay when it came to raising her six sons and four daughters. Graced with a rare appreciation for life’s inherent hilarity, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for fun and profit. The story of this irrepressible woman, whose clever entries are worthy of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash, is told by her daughter Terry with an infectious joy that shows how a winning spirit will always triumph over poverty.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

Website: www.raybradbury.com

Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.

Website: www.jerobison.blogspot.com

The Good Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire, where his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart made him absolute monarch over a (mostly) peaceable kingdom. At first, his domain included only Sy’s cosseted hens and her beautiful border collie, Tess. Then the neighbors began fetching Christopher home from his unauthorized jaunts, the little girls next door started giving him warm, soapy baths, and the villagers brought him delicious leftovers. His intelligence and fame increased along with his girth. He was featured in USA Today and on several National Public Radio environmental programs. On election day, some voters even wrote in Christopher’s name on their ballots.

Website: www.symontgomery.com

Odessa, Texas isn’t known to be a place big on dreams, but the Permian Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom and bust of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday Night from September to December, when the Permian high school Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true.

Website: www.buzzbissinger.com

The Man Who Created Paradise is a message of hope at a time when the very concept of earth stewardship is under attack. The fable, inspired by a true story, tells how Wally Spero looked at one of the bleakest places in America—a raw and barren strip-mined landscape—and saw in it his escape from the drudgery of his factory job. He bought an old bulldozer and used the machine to carve patiently, acre by acre, a beautiful little farm out of a seemingly worthless wasteland.