One Book, One Community


One Book, One Community is a partnership among Cook Memorial, Indian Trails and Vernon Area public libraries to bring thousands of readers from the north Chicago suburbs together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book at the same time.

The series aims to promote conversations around the themes of the book in the hopes of better understanding ourselves and others. View and register all OBOC library programs.

2021 Selection

Red at the Bone by Jaqueline Woodson

An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes. Private hopes, disappointments and longings that can bind or divide are exposed in the heartfelt novel.

Author Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for her bestselling adolescent memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. Her most recent book is this year’s OBOC selection and was an NAACP finalist for outstanding literary work in fiction. In 2020, Jaqueline was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.


ITPLD programs

All programs will take place virtually

Grades 6-12: Poetry Jam: Explore Different Types of Poetry, Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm Register

Rise & Read Morning Book Discussion, Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 am (Full)
NEW Due to popular demand we have added a second Rise & Read Book Discussion, Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 am Register

Evening Book Discussion, Monday, February 22, 7 pm (Full)

Grades 6-12: Book Club Brown Girl Dreaming, February 23, 7 pm Register

Black Fatherhood, Gender and Family, Thursday, February 25, 7 pm Register

Jacqueline Woodson Author Event, Thursday, March 18, 7 pm Register 

“. . . Love changes and changes. Then it changes again. . .”
― Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone