One Book

One Book ChelmsfordOne 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 to share. Related programs typically start early in the calendar year and often include a visit from the author. The library has been offering this program since 2007.

One Book 2019

The 2019 One Book Chelmsford theme is Civic Engagement, to tie in with our REACT Grant program. Two books have been chosen for this year:

Counting Descent
by Clint Smith

A collection of poetry exploring race, society, and justice in America, designed to encourage people to reflect on our culture and experiences


The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

A novel of a teenage girl growing up in a poor black neighborhood while attending a predominantly white suburban school who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed best friend by police



Copies of Counting Descent are available at the Library now, and author Clint Smith will visit Chelmsford on January 28th. Please register online for this event at the CHS Performing Arts Center. Copies of The Hate U Give will be available at this event, and at the Library starting on January 29.

We’ll be planning a series of events around both of these titles, as well as the overall themes of each book. Please check back for more details!


Upcoming One Book Chelmsford Events


This year, the One Book programs are funded by:

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Past One Book Selections