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About One Book

Bringing Siouxland Together Around One Great Book

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Welcome to One Book

As the Reader Services Specialist for the Sioux City Public Library, I’d like to welcome you to the fourteenth season of One Book One Siouxland. I invite you to explore our 2019 title, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, an American classic telling the tale of migrant workers displaced during the dust bowl of the Great Depression in a desperate search for work. Don’t fret nonfiction readers, we’ve got a book for you too! Harvest Gypsies provides insight into the factual foundation of The Grapes of Wrath. Gathered in this important volume are seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers that Steinbeck wrote three years prior to the publication of The Grapes of Wrath.

We’ve partnered with amazing people and groups from our community to once again build fun and educational events that expand the reading experience. I’m confident you will agree. So grab a copy of either book and let’s dive into a season inspired by The Grapes of Wrath.

Best Wishes,

Kelsey Patterson

Reader Services Specialist

Sioux City Public Library

History of the Project

Community-wide reading programs began, essentially, in 1998 with an idea called, “If All of Seattle Read One Book.” Since then, similar programs have grown into an exciting and effective way to promote literacy and to foster community interactions. In 2006, the planning committee named the tri-state area’s reading program “One Book One Siouxland” to reflect the sense of a regional connectedness generated by this shared experience of reading and discussing the same book and the same universal human issues and values.

The 2019 Planning Committee

Mara Dekat, WITCC LifeLong Learning Coordinator

Mark Munger, KWIT General Manager

Adam Fullerton, Morningside College Library Director

Margot Chesebro, Volunteer

Linda Healy, Volunteer

Marty Knepper, Volunteer

Gary Lipshutz, Volunteer

Becky McKenny, Volunteer

Bill McKenny, Volunteer

Sue Mullin, Volunteer

Sioux City (Iowa) Public Library

Kelsey Patterson, Reader Services Specialist

Jodi Klocke, Communications Specialist

South Sioux City (Nebraska) Public Library

Dave Mixdorf, Director

Dan Nieman, Assistant Director

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