For the first time in 15 years, this week will not bring us together for One Book One Valley’s annual meet-the-author big event. Over the years, we have heard from many readers that this community coming-together event is the reason they participate.
Early on in the pandemic, our committee agreed that holding an online event instead would just not be the same. So, we asked the author scheduled for 2020, Paul Doiron, if he would come in 2021. He said yes.
So, the good news is there’s a whole series of novels to read! And you have a year to read them! Doiron writes the Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch series of mystery novels set in Maine. There are eleven novels in the series so far. Check them out, read them, and plan to join us in October 2021.
Please join us as we acknowledge and thank the businesses that are a big part of this year’s One Book One Valley program.
White Birch Books: From year one, Laura Cummings has been a core organizer, connecting us to authors and readers, providing books for libraries at a steep discount, and spreading the word about the featured book, and all books, and reading!
Black Cap Grille: Dine to Donate on the night of our Big Event has been a great fundraiser for our program for several years now. Program organizers have had some wonderful dinners with One Book One Valley authors over the years at Black Cap. (Monica Wood recommends the salmon.)
Samuel O’Reilly House B & B: providing accommodations for this year’s author. She’ll be well taken care of by Owner/Innkeeper Jason Zube and General Manager/Innkeeper Matthew Spofford.
Minute Man Press: has been printing our bookmarks and posters for years. They always turn the job around in record time at a busy time of the year so we’re ready to go right after Labor Day.
One Book One Valley is a big, cooperative, community effort. Librarians, library Friends, grant foundations, local businesses and organizations, individuals who volunteer to present programs, and readers–all work together to make this program happen. Thank you!
Jackson Public Library will host a fun-for-all-ages performance on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Shana Aisenberg is a local musician and music teacher. Shana is Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes (UUFES) in Tamworth, NH. She regularly fiddles for contra dances, plays concerts, and teaches music on stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and more to students of all ages. Shana will be reading stories of inclusion and diversity and sharing songs from American folk traditions for everyone to sing along with.
This week, libraries and bookstores around the country mark Banned Books Week. This is not a call to ban books, but just the opposite: a reminder that censorship limits access to information and multiple viewpoints.
Five of the top eleven challenged books reported to the American Library Association in 2018 have LGBTQIA++ themes.