About One Book One Belmont


One Book One Belmont 2016 marks the sixth time that the Belmont Public Library has joined with a broad range of co-sponsoring organizations to offer a community-wide reading program.

The goal is to build a spirit of community by bringing together individuals and groups through a series of book-related events and discussions, and to promote reading as an enjoyable and mind-opening activity. It is patterned after community reads held in hundreds of cities and towns across the country.

2016 One Book One Belmont Planning Committee

The library would like to thank the 2016 Planning Committee members for the time, energy, and creativity they have devoted to this project – as well as for reading a large number of books! The members are:

Peter Struzziero, Belmont Public Library Director
Emily Reardon, Belmont Public Library, One Book One Belmont Coordinator
Carl Brauer, Human Rights Commission
Mary Carter, Belmont Public Library
Diane Coulopoulos, Friends of the Library
Liz Fraser, Belmont Public Library
Ellen Girouard, Belmont Public Library
Laurie Graham, Belmont School Committee
Lillian Hartman, Council on Aging
Phil Hughes, Belmont Historical Society
Ellen Jarrett, Porter Square Books
Miriam MacNair, Belmont Public Library
Sarah Phillips, Board of Library Trustees
Lindsey Rinder, Belmont Public Schools
Vicky Slavin, Friends of the Library
Kylie Sparks, Belmont Public Library
Mary Alice Wistman, Friends of the Library

Our Previous Selections

– 2008.  Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace. . . One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The book told of Mortenson’s efforts to build schools, especially for girls, in the most remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

– 2009.  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver. The book chronicles the family’s adventures eating local foods for one year, mostly food produced on their own farm. The book was chosen to celebrate Belmont’s farming heritage during the town’s 150th anniversary year.

– 2011.  Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo. The book tells the story of the collapse of a giant molasses tank that sent more than 2 million gallons of molasses surging through the North End, killing 21 people and causing widespread destruction. Puleo used this real-life tragedy to explore historical themes – immigration, ethnic stereotyping, terrorism, corporate responsibility, a struggling economy – still relevant to our life today.

– 2012.  The Leftovers by Belmont resident Tom Perrotta. The only novel selected thus far for OBOB, The Leftovers imagines what might happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared, for no apparent rhyme or reason. What happens to the grieving friends and loved ones who were left behind?

– 2014. Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. The best-selling author of The Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the first, and perhaps bloodiest, major battle of the American Revolution.