2nd Annual One Town, One Read in Brookfield – Book Selection Announced!

One Town, One Read (OTOR) is a town-wide reading program with the goal of building community spirit through a shared reading experience, by asking everyone in town to read the same book. This is the second consecutive year that Brookfield is participating in this program. The Brookfield Library OTOR committee has chosen, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love, by New York Times Bestselling Connecticut-based author Dani Shapiro. The library is planning many enrichment programs and discussions inspired by the themes within this book.

“Our committee screened more than 60 titles in search of a book that would be well written, timely and a compelling read. Every librarian contributed their expertise to this selection. We looked for a story that would also inspire educational library programs. The objective of the One Town, One Read program is to spark enthusiasm for reading together, as a community, and to inspire thoughtful discussion” said Library Director Yvonne Cech.

Programs for Brookfield’s OTOR will run throughout July, August and September. Author, Dani Shapiro, will visit The Brookfield Library in person on Monday, September 23, at 7:00 pm! Programming information will be available on our Facebook page, Twitter, and website.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Yvonne Cech, Library Director, at 203-775-6241, or email ycech@brookfieldlibrary.org.

One Town, One Read is a generic name for a community-wide reading program that attempts to get everyone in a town or a city to read and discuss the same book. These programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole town or city. Typical activities for OTOR programs include book discussion sessions, scholarly lectures on the book or related topics, a visit by the author, exhibits, and related arts programming.

The first OTOR program in the U.S. was “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” in 1998, started by Nancy Pearl at Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book. Other cities copied the idea, and the Library of Congress now lists hundreds of programs around the country each year. The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress tracks all known One Town One Read programs and the books they have used.

Schedule of Events:

Click on the date for more information and registration where necessary.

Thursday, July 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. & Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Book Giveaway! 100 brand-new hardcover copies – courtesy of Eversource


Monday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.

DNA Testing for Genealogy Talk with Nora Galvin, Certified Professional Genealogist


Tuesday, July 30, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Autobiographical Writing for Teens


Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.

Nonfiction Book Discussion for Adults


Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.

Family Tree Craft Workshop


Tuesday, August 20, 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Brookfield Reads Book Discussion


Thursday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.

Genealogy Toolkit: DNA Tests, Unknown Parentage Talk with Jennifer Zinck, President CT Professional Genealogist Council


Monday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.

Dani Shapiro in person for an author talk and book signing – See more info below!

Get a chance to win a ticket to see author Dani Shapiro at the library on September 23 at 7:00 p.m.!

For each One Town, One Read Activity you complete, you will be entered for a chance to win a ticket!

• Read the book Inheritance

• Read any book by Dani Shapiro

• Attend any OTOR event

• Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for extra chances to win tickets and other prizes

All chances will be entered and up to 100 lucky winners will be drawn for the author event in September!

Dani Shapiro
Inheritance book cover