image007(1)LANCASTER, PA. — Public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties will officially launch the 2013 One Book, One Community: Our Region Reads annual regional reading campaign at a special news conference on Wednesday, August 21st at 4:00 pm at the Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive Etters, PA 17319 (Route 83, Exit 34N or Exit 33S) in York County.  The 2013 book title will be announced at this event, which is open to the public.  An informal reception will follow.  The public is invited to attend the event where they will find out some exciting news about the 2014 campaign!

One Book, One Community—now in its tenth year—is led by 93 participating libraries, in a combined community of over 2 million people in seven counties and encourages residents in the multi-county area to read the same book during September and October.  Readers can discuss the book and learn more about it and its author by attending free area programs and book discussions at libraries and other locations during October.  There will also be special programs related to this year’s book title held at libraries throughout the region during September and October.

Refreshments for the informal reception will be provided by Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli. Following the kick-off event, the book can be borrowed at any of the 93 participating public libraries or may be purchased at area Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Giant Food Stores, Weis Markets, Wegman’s Stores and other local booksellers.

Major sponsors of One Book, One Community are WGAL TV 8, the Robert H. & Beverly U. Fowler Family Foundation, Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, Giant Foods, K&L Gates LLP, and ShowcaseNow! Magazine.  Glatfelter provided copies of this year’s book for outreach purposes throughout the seven counties.

The regional reading campaign is intended to promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation. Several communities across the country have initiated “One Book” efforts, but One Book, One Community, is the largest such effort in Pennsylvania. To learn more about One Book, One Community visit the website at www.oboc.org.