UAS Ketchikan Announces One Ketchikan One Book Project
One City One Book is a concept for a community reading program that encourages everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book.
UAS Ketchikan is spearheading a project entitled "One Ketchikan One Book" which will take place during spring semester 2011. The entire Ketchikan community is invited to take part by reading The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music and participating in one of several related events which will take place January through May of 2011. Several copies of the book are now available for checkout at both the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library and at the Ketchikan Public Library. A CD version of the book is also available from the public library for checkout.
One City One Book is a concept for a community reading program that encourages everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The first One City One Book project took place in Seattle in 1998. It was called "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" and was started by Nancy Pearl of the Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book.
The Soloist is a story about the power of music, the meaning of friendship, and it teaches us about meaningful issues that may strike very close to home, such as mental illness and homelessness. The movie adaptation was released in 2008.
Events scheduled include three book discussion groups. The first discussion group will be lead by Librarian Kathleen Wiechelman and will be held on Wednesday, January 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library. The second discussion group will be lead by Cathy Cooley, a community member who volunteers on statewide mental health boards, and will be held on Friday, March 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at a location yet to be chosen. The final book discussion group will be lead by UAS Ketchikan Associate Professor of English Rod Landis on April 11, beginning at 12:00 noon at the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library. There will be a showing of the film "The Soloist" with a discussion following, lead by Keith Smith and Sher Schwartz on Saturday, February 26 at the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library. Starting time for this event will be announced in January. Other planned events include a dramatic interpretation from the book, as well as roundtable discussions relating to homelessness and mental illness involving local agencies. Several UAS Ketchikan faculty members have incorporated the book into their curricula during the spring 2011 semester.
The UAS Juneau campus engaged in a One Campus One Book project for the Fall 2010 Semester. The book was "Listening is an Act of Love". Efforts are underway to choose a new book for Fall 2011.