One Book program focuses community’s effort on ‘Divergent’
It is the time of year again when staff of the Charleston County Public Library pool their energy and enthusiasm to launch our annual “One Book” program. For those who do not know what this program entails, here is a very brief description of the history of this special event. “One Book” is a community reading program that attempts to get everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The first “One Book One City” project was organized by librarian Nancy Pearl at the Seattle Public Library in 1998. Her program was called “If All Seattle Read the Same Book.” Nancy Pearl chose the book “The Sweet Hereafter” by Russell Banks to introduce her brain child. She was able to bring the author to Seattle for three days to discuss his book in a series of free public programs. Many cities have adopted the idea, and the popularity of this reading program increases every year. The main goal is to build a sense of community and promote literacy.
For 2013’s “One Book” program, the Charleston County Public Library has selected the very popular and high-demand young adult book “Divergent” by debut author Veronica Roth. “Divergent” is the first book in the “Divergent” trilogy.
The main character, Beatrice Prior, lives in dystopian* Chicago. Her society is divided into five factions, dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is – she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
*Dystopia: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives, -anti-utopia (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
Book two in the series is “Insurgent” and is now available at the library – but be prepared; there is a waiting list. The release date for “Allegiant,” book three, is Oct. 22. Please join us during the month of October in all activities involving the “One Book” program and help us fulfill the program’s goal: “Sense of Community and Promoting Literacy.”
One Book programs
One Book Family Movie Series (all ages)
Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 4 p.m.
Get into the spirit of One Book Charleston County, and watch a family film representative of a Divergent faction.
ABNEGATION - Oct. 1: “National Treasure.” Rated PG; 131 minutes.
AMITY - Oct. 8: “October Sky.” Rated PG; 108 minutes.
CANDOR - Oct. 15: “RV.” Rated PG; 99 minutes.
DAUNTLESS - Oct. 22: “Soul Surfer.” Rated PG; 106 minutes.
ERUDITE - Oct. 29: “Akeelah and the Bee.” Rated PG; 112 minutes.
One Book Discussion: “Divergent” (adults)
Monday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.
One Book Discussion: “Divergent” (grades 6-12)
Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4-5 p.m.
Remember that September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. New in town? Please join our growing “family” of library users. Lost, old or damaged library card? Please come to our branch in September for a free new card (only this month).
Adults and Teens
Brown Bag It with Dr. Erikka for Women’s Health (adults)
Monday, Sept. 23 from 12 - 1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and learn about headaches as they relate to women’s health. Discussion will be led by Dr. Erikka Curia, of ChiroLife.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Lowcountry Rice (adults)
Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Please join Dr. Nic Butler, CCPL’s public historian, for an illustrated review of the most significant facts about Lowcountry rice history that form the basis for our shared heritage.
Reel Club Book/Movie Discussion Group (adults)
Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.
Book: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J. K. Rowling
Movie: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Rated PG; 152 minutes.
Talk Like a Pirate Storytime (ages 3-5)
Thursday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with pirate songs, stories and crafts.
PLAY: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages)
Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Read to a certified therapy dog – the best listeners in the world.
Afterschool Movie (all ages)
Friday, Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Rated PG; 130 minutes.
PLAY: Welcome Autumn with Art (all ages)
Saturday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Paint your own autumn tree.
Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org, like us on Facebook). Remember to email MTPReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.