One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2019

One Book, One CommunityAlthough, One Book, One Community of Monroe County will not be able to bring in the author this year, some great programs are being planned to complement the book choice, including Scott Zesch, author of narrative history The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier.  A Dallas Morning News article listed The Capture as one of the top ten Texas books of all time. True West Magazine listed it as one of the books “you absolutely must have in your western history library.” The Washington Post Book World called it “a compelling tale of desperate life on the frontier.”  Community members can meet Scott Zesch on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at a community talk and book signing at the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center. 

The One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2019 Companion Read selected for teen readers is The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney. The elementary/middle school reader selection is The Birchbark House (Birchbark House Series #1) by Louise Erdrich and the picture book selection is The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble. 

There will be a series of community events planned around the themes in News of the World by Paulette Jiles.  The full slate of One Book, One Community of Monroe County events runs from March 11 to April 6, 2019.  All events are free to the community. Watch the Monroe News newspaper and this website for more details about the books selected and to follow the various events as they develop.

The Foundation at Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Library System
Monroe Publishing Company - Monroe News

Monroe County Library System

Leski Insurance Agency, LLC
Siena Heights University

Airport Community Schools
Monroe County Community College Writing Fellows
Monroe High School

Victor and Bonnie Bellestri
Janel and Peter Boss
Lisa Brakel
Terri Berns
Madonna Burkit
Jack Burns
Kathryn Burroughs
Barry Buschmann
Catherine Calder
Ronald Campbell
Douglas and Diane Chaffin
Donna Cherba
Valerie Culler
Timothy Dillon
Julie Domick
Penny Dorcey
Bonnie Finzel-Doster
Gary and Marjorie Evans
Ann Gerweck
Jill Grzywinski
Mary K. Hamilton
Beverly Hammerstrom
Joyce Haver and Gerald Welch
Crystal Heft
John Holladay
Carin Hopps
Ida Branch Library Friends
Joanne Jackson
Jack and Cheryl Johnston
Wendy Kallfayan
Marilyn Kemmerling
Terri Kovach and Donald Benore
Suzanne Krueger
Edmund La Clair
William and Michelle Lavoy
Kimberly Lemanksi
Denice Lewis
Laura Loveland
Mary Lyons
Aaron Mason
William McCloskey
Kenneth and Susan Miller
Richard and Ruth Montcalm
Joshua and Sheila Myers
Carrie Nartker
Wilma Nartker
Lela Wadlin and Roger Olson
Ann Orwin
Jessica Otto
Paul’s Quality Collision
Gloria Rafko
John and Marilyn Raymond
Ronald Reddick
Stephen and Rachelle Reed
Patricia Sager
Patricia Schooley
John Schwab
Robert Sieb
Eric and Heather Slough
Nicki Sorter
Kenneth and Ann Swinkey
Mary Swinkey
Michelle Toll
Joann Van Aken
Susan and Richard Vanisacker
Jane Vankirk
Richard and Rosemarie Walker
Cheryl Wassus
Cindy Yonovich
Mulvinhill Younglove
Maria Zagorski

Thanks to all who contributed to the success of our 2019 Celebrity Waiter Night Fundraiser.

Special thanks to Jackie and Fred Corser of The Public House and their staff for providing a great venue, and sincerest appreciation to our Celebrity Waters:

Janet Berns, Owner, Book Nook
Robert Clark, Mayor, City of Monroe
Julie Edwards, RN to BSN Program Recruiter and Director of MCCC Programs - Monroe Campus, Siena Heights University
Barbra Krueger, Youth Services Technician, Monroe County Library System
Josh Myers, Executive Director of The Foundation at MCCC
Dr. Kojo Quartey, President, MCCC
Rachel Reaume, Programs Specialist, Monroe County Museum
Daniel Shaw, Professor of Journalism, MCCC
Suzanne Wetzel, Vice-President of Administration, MCCC

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