Each year, the Watertown Free Public Library chooses a book, encourages everyone in the community to read it along with us, and hosts a variety of programs related to the book, its setting, and its themes. This community reading program is known as One Book, One Watertown.
Selected titles are usually announced in mid to late December, and hundreds of copies of the book become available for borrowing at the beginning of the calendar year. Programs take place during the month of March.
In 2018, the WFPL will present its 10th One Book, One Watertown! Here are the titles we’ve presented in the past:
2017 – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
2016 – The Race Underground by Doug Most
2015 – The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
(In 2014, One Book, One Watertown shifted from October to March, so there was a gap of 18 months between programs.)
2013 – WOOL by Hugh Howey
2012 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2011 – Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
2010 – March by Geraldine Brooks
2009 – Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
2008 – The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri