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January 2019

“One Book – One Community” Announced

The public libraries in Larchmont and Mamaroneck have announced  “ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY”; the third community read initiative scheduled for April, 2018. The initiative will also involve other public libraries on the Sound Shore. ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY builds on the huge success of the first two community read initiatives in 2014 and 2016, in which over 10,000 people participated throughout Larchmont, Mamaroneck and the surrounding area each year. The libraries will be offering community-wide events aimed at bringing residents into a common dialogue that is at once thought-provoking and enlightening and that educates.


For the third community read, 1968: THE YEAR THE ROCKED THE WORLD, by Mark Kurlansky (Random House), has been selected as the book to read. Arguably the most tumultuous and volatile year in our history, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the women’s movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.


In this monumental book, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when television’s influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people and led us to where we are today, fifty years on. For those wishing to get started reading, books are available in each library now.


“The year 1968 is such a turning point in our collective history that Mark Kurlansky’s 1968: The Year That Rocked the World is the perfect book to rally around,” said Susan Riley, Director of the Mamaroneck Public Library. “It’s marvelously captivating and covers the events of 1968 thoroughly. Many of these events are still having an impact on our society today. This resonates with readers on so many different levels that we knew it would be the right book to serve as the focus for our third ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY month-long event.”


As there will doubtless be numerous events from 1968 marking their 50th anniversary during the coming year, Kurlansky’s book is the perfect volume for the 2018 ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY read. The libraries are encouraging their communities to unite through this powerful history and host a ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY event in April, 2018. Events can be coordinated by individuals in the community or by local businesses and organizations and can range from discussions, lectures, panels or presentations focusing on one or more of the many events covered in the book including politics, Vietnam, race relations, the generation gap, music, art, theater, the women’s movement, and more. Additionally, the Larchmont Public Library will host a community art exhibit in its Oresman Gallery during April 2018.


“We’re encouraging everyone to be a part of ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY and either host an event or get involved in one based on 1968,” said Laura Eckley, Director of the Larchmont Public Library. “Once again, we have a unique opportunity to bring our communities together to be a part of something that is in and of itself unique. Each library will be scheduling events based on themes from the book for April 2018, and it is our hope that organizations and individuals in both Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and the surrounding communities will do likewise”.