How do you encourage adults to read in the face of declining readership?
The Irving Public Library tackled this challenge when it launched "One Book, One Irving," it's first month-long Community Read initiative in 2006. Community Read initiatives encourage reading by giving out free copies of a book to adults and hosting cultural programs about the book for 30 days. Find out more on the What is a Community Reads Initiative page.
In 2008 Irving was a selected by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest into the national Big Read program. The sponsors, along with our local partners the Friends of the Irving Public Library, funded Irving's Community Read, giving away thousand of selected books to adults and children, along with themed programs and book discussions. Here's the list of titles celebrated since its inauguration:
2006 - The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2007 - The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
2008 - The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
2009 - poetry and stories by Edgar Allen Poe
2010 - The Call of the Wild by Jack London
2011 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
2012 - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
2013 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2014 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2015 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This year "One Book, One Irving" returns with the selection of The Book Thief, a novel by Markus Zusak. This international bestselling and award-winning book tells the story of preteen Liesel Meminger and her foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann, and it is set in a German town during the World War II. The book’s universal themes of family, human compassion, loss and the power of books to change lives should have wide appeal in our community.
Irving's Community Read takes many hands to make possible. Local partners include the Irving ISD, the City of Irving Parks and Recreation department, the Irving Heritage Society, the Irving Black Arts Council and the National Boy Scout Museum.