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 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:
by Clint Smith
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
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:
Past One Book Selections
- 2019: Counting Descent, by Clint Smith, and The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
- 2018: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – watch the video from the event
- 2017: Stronger, by Jeff Bauman
- 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