Welcome to the official website for North Andover's One Author, One Community project! 

The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover School District will be hosting a One Author, One Community series in the fall of 2016. The idea behind the One Author, One Community project is to have every citizen of North Andover read a work by a single author, in order to create a feeling of community and love of literature across all generations and backgrounds. 

We will be hosting Jacqueline Woodson as our community's guest author on Monday, November 28th, 2016. Ms. Woodson recently won the National Book Award for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. She has been awarded a Newbery Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is currently the Young People's Poet Laureate. She has written books for children at all levels including picture books, books for middle and young adult readers, and poetry books. Her new adult novel, Another Brooklyn, will be published in August 2016. 

Free child care available Pre-K and older; e-mail dmadden@nayouth.com to reserve a spot. 
Preregistration required. 

Free child care available Pre-K and older; e-mail dmadden@nayouth.com to reserve a spot. Preregistration required. 

What is a community read all about? 

As a community, North Andover will be reading books by a single author, and will be discussing those books as a community in order to bring us all closer together! Here are some quotes that'll tell you more:

  • “The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” — Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002 
  • “People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic background, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them this project provides that opportunity.” — Nancy Pearl, Director, Washington Center for the Book 
  • “This program is a wonderful opportunity to bring individuals together in the community through a shared reading experience. It is certain to enrich the lives of those who participate.” — Bill Bogaard, Mayor, Pasadena, California 
  • “I wanted the community to connect, and I wanted a way for us to talk about something shared…it’s a great conversation starter.” — Gus Garcia, Mayor, Austin, Texas, commenting on the Austin Public Library’s “The Mayor’s Book Club” 
from http://www.ala.org/programming/sites/ala.org.programming/files/content/onebook/files/onebookguide.pdf