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Pima County Library's 'One Book, One Community' cracks open 'Parable of the Sower'

Pima County Public Library's Kindred Team, which supports and celebrates the black community, will launch One Book, One Community beginning January 2019.

The first of its kind in Pima County, the program will kick off with Octavia Butler's award-winning Parable of the Sower, which marked its 25th anniversary this year.

Can I get a copy of the book at my library?

From December 9–16, customers can pick up a free copy of the book and a study guide (while supplies last) at eight locations:

  • Quincie Douglas Library
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library
  • Martha Cooper Library
  • Sahuarita Library
  • Miller-Golf Links Library
  • Oro Valley Public Library
  • Mission Library
  • El Rio Library

Customers can also check out the book at their local library (the hold lists for print, ebooks, and audiobooks are getting longer – reserve yours today!).

I've read the book. Now what do I do?

  • The library will host in-person community conversations and events throughout the month of February. Dates and locations will be announced in January 2019.
  • In addition, One Book, One Community participants can use #kindredoboc to share their thoughts and connect with other readers.

Tenecia Philips, who chairs the Kindred Team, says, "Parable of the Sower is the perfect book. It's timely and thought-provoking. Octavia Butler contributed so much to literature and science fiction. We're excited to have conversations not only about the book, but also about this esteemed author of color. It's pretty amazing – it feels like we have a part in the legacy she left behind."

The One Book, One Community program was made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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