One Book, One Community votes are in

Alyssa Pressler
  • One Book, One Community allows the community to vote on a book to read and plan events around.
  • This year's book is "Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein, who has ties to Central Pennsylvania.

"Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein has been selected as this year's One Book, One Community read.

One Book, One Community is a program that more than 80 libraries in York, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry counties participate in. The program is in its 13th year.

Elizabeth Wein, author of the book "Rose Under Fire."

Each August, the community votes on five titles to decide which will be the next chosen for One Book, One Community, which encourages as many people as are interested in the communities involved to read one book, then hold discussions and events to look more deeply into that book.

After the book is selected, participants begin reading in January, at which point libraries will have extra copies of the text on hand. The book is also sold in Giant Food Stores, Weis Markets and Wegmans stores.

In the spring, guided reading programs, discussions and events are held at participating libraries and other sites around the region. Karen Hostetter, branch manager for the Red Land Community Library, explained that libraries are still working to solidify their programs in the coming months, but all information will be made available on the One Book, One Community website, and all events will be free.

The selection committee begins the whole process by narrowing down from more than 100 books to the five the community votes on based on a number of criteria. Hostetter said one criteria is the author needs to be living, because the libraries try to bring the author in for events and discussions.

Other events include speakers related to the content of the book, which Hostetter said libraries are still searching for. For example, the main character in "Rose Under Fire" is a young pilot, so experts in flying might speak at different sessions.

The cover of the book "Rose Under Fire."

"Rose Under Fire" is a young adult novel, so Hostetter and other librarians are hoping that high-school-aged students will participate. The book follows the main character, Rose Justice, during her time as a pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. The character is loosely based on Wein, who, like the character, is from Central Pennsylvania and became a pilot later in her life.

Wein lived with her mother in Harrisburg before moving to Scotland, where she lives now. She went to Yale University before getting her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, according to a news release from One Book, One Community.

Below is a list of participating libraries in York County:

  • Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock
  • Collinsville Community Library (Brogue)
  • Dillsburg Area Public Library
  • Dover Area Community Library
  • Glatfelter Memorial Library (Spring Grove)
  • Guthrie Memorial Library — Hanover’s Public Library
  • Kaltreider-Benfer Library (Red Lion)
  • Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center (Hellam)
  • Martin Library (York City)
  • Martin Library at The Art Institute of York in Springettsbury Township
  • Mason-Dixon Public Library (Stewartstown)
  • Red Land Community Library (Etters)
  • Paul Smith Library of Southern York County (Shrewsbury)
  • Village Library (Jacobus)