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One Book One Community

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

With grant support from the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities program, the South Fayette Township library is proud to bring the One Book, One Community program to South Fayette. This program brings thousands of readers together through a shared reading experience.

The library will host two in-person community conversations centered on the community’s 2021 pick — The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. 

These programs will be some of the first in-person programs that the library hosts. Please pre-register for the conversations via the buttons below.

Join us for a community conversation:

Tuesday, September 21
at 7:00pm


Wednesday, September 22
at 11:00am

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) following recommended public health guidelines.

Learn even more about One Book, One Community in this recent article from South Fayette Connect. #LibrariesTransform

The Midnight Library is the Winner!

South Fayette Selects Its First Community Read

The library was delighted by the enthusiastic response we got in selecting our first community read. Voting lasted almost a month and was available online and at the library.  Folks were given a choice of four books — The Midnight LibraryYear of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks), Life of Pi (Yann Martel), and Talking to Strangers (Malcolm Gladwell).

“The votes were actually very close,” says Sarah Grebinoski, Adult Programming Coordinator. “It speaks to what a great choice any of them would have been. We are thankful for everyone who voted and hope everyone will join us as we explore The Midnight Library.”

The library plans to host two in-person community conversations centered on The Midnight Library in September since one of the main goals of the program was to bring the South Fayette community back together again.

These programs will be some of the first in-person programs that the library hosts. Full details and pre-registration will be available on the library’s website in August.

With grant support from the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities program, the library is distributing free copies of the book to 10 random voters in the poll and at the Township’s Concert in the Park on August 20th. Of course, copies of the book are always available to borrow from the library. #LibrariesTransform

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
by Geraldine Brooks
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.” Learn More

The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? Learn More

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
by Malcolm Gladwell
Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. Learn More

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain. Learn More