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One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community is an annual event encouraging residents of the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Midlands to read the same book at the same time, and to share their passion for reading with their friends and neighbors. Every February, this initiative brings together readers from all over the Columbia area in an attempt to promote literacy and its importance to our community. Make sure to check out the One Book, One Community Facebook page for the latest updates.


2016 One Book, One Community





Selection: The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron

Author Carla Damron’s The Stone Necklace has been selected as the 2016 One Book, One Community title for the month-long, city-wide reading initiative that kicks off in February 2016.

Set against the backdrop of contemporary Columbia, South Carolina, The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a homeless madman, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways in which our lives touch one another and through which, together, we recover from even the greatest of losses. Bestselling and award-winning author Mary Alice Monroe praises The Stone Necklace as “a celebration of the transformative power of shared experiences and of the connections that bind us.” 


To participate, pick up copy from Richland Library starting January 26 or download a copy starting on February 2.  In addition, The Stone Necklace will be serialized in The State newspaper starting January 24.   

Then, plan to attend the many One Book, One Community events!


Previous One Book, One Community Selections


2015: On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
2014: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
2013: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
2012: Saints at the River by Ron Rash
2011: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany




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