One Book One Community

What if we all got together and read just one story?

Proudly announcing our second annual One Book, One Community!

Join your community, friends, neighbors, fellow readers, this May to discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

One Book, One Community is as simple as it sounds, people coming together through the reading and discussion of a common book. While this program has been taking place across communities of all shapes and sizes for over 20 years, South Fayette held our very first One Book, One Community in 2020.

This year, Adult Programming Coordinator, Sarah Grebinoski, worked with other library staff members to select five finalists. A committee comprised of five community members, all of whom attended the first One Book, One Community, then read and reviewed each title. The committee considered factors such as universal appeal, strength of discussion topics, availability, and potential for complementary library programming.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry tells the story of British retiree Harold Fry who undertakes an inspirational journey of 600 miles on foot to say goodbye to a dying woman who once saved him. Of course, his story is ultimately not about the destination but the strangers met and lessons learned along the way. Opening oneself up to new opportunities and investing in community seemed like a perfect topic for a growing, vibrant community like South Fayette.

Copies of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry are now available at the library. Everyone is invited to attend one of the community discussions, Monday, May 23 at 11:00 am. and Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the South Fayette Senior Center (Please pre-register for the conversations below). A virtual author visit with Rachel Joyce will be held Saturday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Look for additional library programs celebrating One Book, One Community all summer long.

The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” — Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

Join us for a community conversation:

Attendance is welcome at one or both conversations. Both conversations are scheduled to be held at the Senior Center (515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, PA – Rear Entrance; adjacent to the library).