What is 'One Book, One Bedford' and how did it start?
The idea for a community-wide reading program began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library in answer to a simple question: "What if everyone read the same book?"
But it was when Chicago started a its own city-wide reading program with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee in 2001 that it became popular across the country.
In 2004, Bedford held its first 'One Book, One Bedford' event, after being awarded an "On the Same Page" mini-grant from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners.
Bedford's selections by year:
*denotes author event
All programs and funding for One Book, One Bedford after 2004 made possible by our Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library.
Artwork for One Book, One Bedford has been designed by Bedford artist Sing Hanson through 2012.
Handouts and flyers for 2013 were created by Janel G. Ranney, Executive Assistant and Office Manager at the Bedford Free Public Library.
About One Book, One Bedford