One Book One Bozeman wrapped up its third successful year and second year partnering with MSU Summer Reading with the selection of "Double Take: A Memoir" by Kevin Michael Connolly. The book proved to be a terrific choice for the incoming MSU freshmen, high school students, and the greater Bozeman community. It was so great to see Kevin and his story embraced and accepted through the many free activities and meaningful discussions organized throughout the month of September, including several talks and appearances by Kevin on campus, in the high school and middle school, and around Bozeman.
The dialogue continues around the themes found in the book of how we see ourselves and how we perceive others. If you haven't yet read the book, I encourage you to check it out at the library.
Books are a powerful tool for creating a space for people to talk about difficult issues or to help find common ground among people who might not always agree. One Book One Bozeman, the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, MSU, local businesses and sponsors, and Kevin Connolly all contributed to make this year's community-read program a memorable one. Coming off of Banned Books Week, it's important for us all to remember the value in books, in reading and thinking for ourselves, and the importance of public libraries.
Keep reading, and keep the conversations going. One Book One Bozeman will return in 2011.
Paula K. Beswick
Bozeman Library Foundation