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One Book Project (no longer active)

A One Book project is when the library organizes an effort in which their community reads one book together at the same time. These can be city-wide, county-wide or institution-wide. Using training workshops and grants, this project encourages and assists libraries in developing their own community reads program.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Encourage reading in communities across the state.
  • Increase the visibility of libraries within their communities, whether public, academic, school or special.
  • Expand partnerships between libraries and local organizations, bookstores, businesses, schools, colleges, and universities, and other community groups.
  • Increase the number of libraries in Washington state conducting One Book efforts.
  • Increase the skill of library staff in implementing One Book efforts.

On February 19, 2008, the One Book Project will open a grant cycle. Visit for details.

To assist libraries, a series of workshops will be available spring 2008:


The One Book project is coordinated by the Washington State Library and is guided by an advisory committee that advises the State Library on the project’s goals, outcomes and activities.

Committee members are Punkey Adams, Walla Walla County Library; Beth Gillespie, Spokane County Library; Brooke Golden, Stevens County Library; Mary Kelly, Sno-Isle Regional Library; Chris Skaugset, Longview Public Library; and Mary Jo Torgeson, Puyallup Public Library.

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