One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2021

OBOC LogoAs we all know the world looks a little different this year. We are learning, meeting, and working in new ways. However, this often means we are seeing less of our friends and community members. That is why this year’s One Book One Community program is more important than ever. We need something to bring us together; something we can all share. Therefore, we are excited to announce that the One Book One Community selection for 2021 is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

The Vanishing Half is an amazing book that ties together themes of identity, race, gender, family, and much more. The fabulous Brit Bennett will be discussing her book with us via Zoom on March 25th. In addition to Brit Bennett’s presentation we are striving to develop other unique programs to fit our unusual times. Please watch our social media and web page updates for more information.

FThe Vanishing Half Book Coveror those who may be too young to read The Vanishing Half, or who would just like to read books on similar topics, we suggest our companion reads. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas are both award winning books that will bring topics of race and identity to a younger audience.

While we know that our One Book One Community event will not be identical to previous years, we are still committed to bringing education and entertainment to our community. The program will run from March 15th to April 2nd this year. We look forward to interacting with you via events and online contests, and we hope you enjoy The Vanishing Half as much as we did.


Jennifer Saul

Brit Bennett Intro for OBOC Video

Watch the virtual book launch video from Author Brit Bennett!

One Book, One Community of Monroe County Presented by:

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

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One Book, One Community of Monroe County


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8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.