One Book One Belmont Presents Better Through Books: Healing Community Together

The events of 2020 were profound, and we could not simply choose one topic for this year’s community read event, with one book, and the usual slate of programs.

So for 2021 and our eighth community reading program, The Belmont Public Library presents a dual focus which will cover a few different books and multiple programming opportunities that span 2 months, rather than the traditional one-month program. In this unique time, the One Book, One Belmont committee has decided that the theme for our community read must be healing – healing from a devastating year that we will never forget.

The library and our community organization cosponsors invite Belmont residents to read across a variety of titles and participate in all of the exciting programs throughout March and April.

In March, E. Dolores Johnson, author of Say I’m Dead: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets, and Love, will be the keynote speaker for our month-long focus on anti-racism and celebration of equity, diversity, and inclusion on March 30th.

In April, the focus shifts to wellness, specifically the need for coping, optimism, and resiliency. There will be many events to attend and books to read, including the thoughtful Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace by Claire B. Willis & Marnie Crawford Samuelson and the uplifting The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Zevin, who will be joining us on April 28th for a keynote talk.

Check out the full slate of Better Through Books events!

2021 One Book One Belmont Planning Committee

The library would like to thank the 2021 Planning Committee members for the time, energy, and creativity they have devoted to this project:

Kathryn BonfiglioBelmont Against Racism
Gail GormanBelmont Books
Lixin QinBelmont Chinese American Association
Dana BickelmanBelmont Council on Aging
Suzanne JohannetBelmont Food Collaborative
Vicky SlavinBelmont Food Collaborative
Marie MabardiFriends of the Belmont Public Library
Diane CoulopoulosFriends of the Belmont Public Library
Rebecca RichardsBelmont Gallery of Art
Adine StorerBelmont Gallery of Art
Carrie CartwrightHuman Rights Commission
Karen DuffBelmont Public Schools
Janet SandBelmont Religious Council
Lisa GibalerioBelmont Wellness Coalition
Maryann ScaliThe Belmont Woman’s Club, League of Women Voters
Mary StearnsBoard of Library Trustees
Elaine AlligoodBoard of Library Trustees
Lauren PfendnerBelmont Public Library – Co-Chair of The One Book One Belmont Committee
Peter StruzzieroBelmont Public Library – Co-Chair of The One Book One Belmont Committee
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