Join other readers in Adams County for lively, intellectual conversation based on our shared reading experience.
Each year, we announce the title in late June or early July, and stock copies in paperback, large print and audio book formats. Throughout October, we hold One Book programs such as book discussions, lectures and film screenings throughout the community. All programs are free and open to all.
One Book 2021 Selection
The 2021 One Book Selection is The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies are available in regular print, large print, audio, ebook and eaudio.
Next Year's One Book
A committee of library staff and community members select the year's title from a list of about 40 books. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let any staff member know!
2020 Selection: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
An eccentric millionaire. A brilliant woman. A world of espionage and codes and ciphers. Two world wars, more than a dozen dinner parties, a plethora of correspondence, and a legacy left hidden in archives and libraries for decades. All of these pieces describe this year’s Adams County Reads One Book selection, “The Woman Who Smashed Codes,” by Jason Fagone.
2019 Selection: What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson
2018 Selection: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
2017 Fiction Selection: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
2017 Nonfiction Selection: The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown
2016 Fiction Selection: Longbourn by Jo Baker
2016 Nonfiction Selection: Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich
2015 Fiction Selection: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
2015 Nonfiction Selection: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
2014: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
2013: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
2012: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
2011: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie