About the Coronado Community Read

About the Coronado Community Read

Coronado’s Community Read encourages residents to join together in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

The idea of getting a community to read a single book is credited to a librarian at the Seattle Public Library, who in 1998 began a program called “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” Since then, numerous communities across the country have begun their own reading programs, including San Diego’s “One Book, One San Diego,” held annually since 2005.

In Coronado, the Community Read began in 2017, as a partnership between the Coronado Public Library, the city’s Cultural Arts Commission, and other community partners. Its goals are to promote literacy and a vibrant literary culture in the community, introduce and draw people to the library, and bring residents together with shared experiences that can be discussed.

The program centers around one book, chosen in the fall of the preceding year.  For 2018, the Community Read was selected by vote of the community from a slate of six books, selected from among 42 nominations. The library buys multiple copies of the book, and depending on the selected title, the local middle school and high school may have copies available as well.

Programming begins in February and runs for approximately six weeks, with a wide variety of events being offered. Numerous book discussions are held throughout the community, as well as speakers, films, workshops, concerts and other events related to the themes and ideas presented in the book. Through the series of discussions and events, we hope to promote informative, interesting, entertaining and enlightening conversations among the members of the Coronado community.

Since its beginning, the list of events and partnering organizations has grown exponentially, and we are glad to welcome more organizations, volunteers and businesses who’d like to participate. Churches and schools can easily sponsor book discussions, and civic groups may sponsor related panel discussions or lectures. There is room for everyone to be involved—after all, it’s your community!