One Book Chelmsford is a community-wide reading program encouraging all residents to read a selected title and attend programming related to the book. The title is selected each Fall and the Library provides free copies starting at the Winterfest kickoff event in February. Programs start in early spring and culminate with a visit from the author (whenever possible).
One Book 2017: Stronger Than You Think
The program series will feature speakers on the Boston Marathon Bombing, marathon running and personal improvement, overcoming adversity, current international politics, and media coverage of significant events.
Programs begin with the Winterfest Kickoff on February 3rd, and all lead up to a visit from Jeff Bauman to discuss his life and book on Friday, April 21st, 2017, at the auditorium at McCarthy School.
Upcoming One Book Events
This year, the One Book programs are funded by:
Past One Book Selections
- 2016 “Keeping Chelmsford in Suspense!”: The Columbus affair by Steve Berry, The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan, and There was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron
- 2015: The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
- 2014: The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro
- 2013: Townie, by Andre Dubus III
- 2012: March, by Geraldine Brooks, and Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horwitz
- 2011: Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- 2010: Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane
- 2009: Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson
- 2008: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- 2007: Empire Falls, by Richard Russo