One Town, One Read (OTOR)

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A special video from the authors of My Dear Hamilton!


Drumroll, please! Our first One Town, One Read book is My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before. (

What is One Town, One Read? One Town, One Read (OTOR) is a town-wide reading program with the goal of building community spirit through a shared reading experience. This will be the first year for Brookfield to do this program. The Brookfield Library OTOR committee has chosen one book for the town to read. The library is planning many enrichment programs and discussions inspired by the themes within that book.
We searched for a book this year that would be timely and would appeal to people of all ages. We looked for one that had a solid story and would inspire exciting programs. Programs for Brookfield’s OTOR will run throughout July and August. Updated information will be available on the library’s Facebook page and on the library’s website: So, check there regularly!

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 was “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” in 1998, started by Nancy Pearlat 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. We are very excited to be bringing this program to Brookfield!

The Brookfield Library is the municipal public library in the Town of Brookfield, CT. If you would like more information about this topic, please call Yvonne Cech, Library Director, at 203-775-6241, or email

Companion Books
Schedule of OTOR Events
Historic Self-Guided Tour

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