Batavia Public Library

One Book, One Batavia

One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.

Find information on these programs and more in our One Book One Batavia 2020 handout, available at the Adult Services desk.

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About the book:

A visitor from Sweden arrives in small town Iowa only to discover her pen pal has died. So she does what anyone would do… she opens a tiny bookstore in the heart of town. Filled with quirky characters and charm, this story explores the power of books, our ability to reinvent ourselves, and the power of one person to change others’ lives for the better.

Join us for the discussion of this novel on Tues., Feb. 11, at 7:30 pm.



Programs

Book Discussion
Tuesday, February 11 , 7:30 pm   
Registration is not required. 

Adult Services manager Stacey Peterson facilitates this book discussion of the book The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.

Silent Book Club
Monday, February 24, 6:30 8:30 pm
Registration is not required.

Do you need a break? How about a happy hour for introverts? Bring a book, eBook reader, or Playaway to our first Silent Book Club gathering and read quietly with other book lovers. Pick up a Silent Reading Club button at one of the service desks and wear it to identify yourself to the rest of the group. Remember, the first rule of Silent Book Club is you don’t have to talk about Silent Book Club.

Teen Book Craft
Thursday, March 12, 7 – 8 pm

Teens are invited to recycle an old book and fold an adorable book hedgehog or another shape.

The Life Changing Magic of Tracking Your Reading
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Registration is required.

Can’t remember the title of that great book you read last year, the blue book about the dog? Is your to-be-read list on tiny scraps of paper in three different places? Spark joy when three of our Adult Services librarians share the benefits of keeping track of your reading, and cover various methods of recording all the books you read or want to read. You’ll become a happier, more organized reader!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Katarina Bivald says she grew up in a bookstore; she worked part-time in an independent bookstore for 10 years, beginning at age 15. Inspired by the realization that the customers were every bit as memorable as the books, she began writing her debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, while working at the book shop. Bivald was born in 1983 in Sweden, and she currently lives near Stockholm. Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins, her second American release, has a January 2020 publication date.

This year, for One Book One Batavia, the Readers of Batavia Recommend…

  • Become one with the book for the Bookface contest through March 31. Send us your photos that blend your face or body with the image on a book cover for a chance to win prizes.
  • Need reading advice? “Dear Sara” will make suggestions to solve all your reading problems. And patrons will have the opportunity to share their suggestions.
  • Can’t remember the title of that great book you read last year, the one with the dog? Join us in March for our program on tracking your reading.

Month-long One Book, One Batavia events

March 1-31

  • When the question is To Read or Not to Read, the answer is always to read. Be a part of your own reading poster with our photo booths, and see the posters of other Batavia readers.
  • Look for our social media campaign from SARA, our Super Awesome Readers’ A In Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Swedish visitor Sara thinks there is a book to solve every problem, and our Super Awesome Readers’ Advisors agree. Feeling the winter blues? Dear SARA will suggest books to warm you up. Need a laugh? Dear SARA can suggest titles that will have you rolling on the floor.
  • Watch for our displays of quirky reads we’re recommending on a variety of topics. You will have the opportunity to share your own suggestions.

One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.

Bookface Contest
March 1-31

Blend your face or body with the image on a book cover. Then send your photos to askus@bataviapubliclibrary.org for a chance to win prizes. You can vote for your favorite in the Library. See more BookFaces on our Instagram page.