The notion of a one book/one city (state, county, church, etc.) started with an idea by Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl. First initiated in 1998 by the Washington Center for the Book, the Library of Congress reports that such programs are abundant around the world. In fact, in 2017, One Book One Nebraska will celebrate its twelfth year of a statewide program. Wilson Public Library agrees with the Nebraska Center for the Book’s philosophy that “reading great literature provokes us to think about ourselves, our environment and our relationships,” and that “talking about great literature with friends, families and neighbors often adds richness and depth to the experience of reading.”
One Book, One Cozad 2017
One Book, One Cozad is a reading program that encourages Cozadians to read and discuss one specially chosen book.
One Book, One Cozad 2018
On January 2018, the Wilson Public Library launches their fourth One Book, One Cozad program with the selection of The Ordinary Spaceman by Clayton Anderson. As Wilson Public Library continues to work with NASA throughout 2018 as part of a NASA @ My Library grant to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning about earth and space sciences, the One Book, One Cozad 2018 selection is particularly meaningful.
This is the story of Nebraska’s only astronaut. Born in Omaha, the author, Clayton Anderson, grew up in Ashland, Nebraska, where he graduated from high school in 1977. Mr. Anderson graduated cum laude from Hastings College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He received a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1983, the same year he began working for NASA at the Johnson Space Center, and the same year he applied to be an astronaut for the first time. Mr. Anderson was rejected fourteen times before his acceptance in 1998.
Regularly scheduled book discussions and events will be held monthly at the library for all interested persons beginning in January. A special set of books will be set aside near the library’s circulation desk for all of 2018 for those wishing to check out the book. Additionally, a special tab at www.wilsonpubliclibrary.org will have information regarding up-coming events. Wilson Public Library is encouraging all local book clubs to thoughtfully consider adding The Ordinary Spaceman to their selection lists for 2018.