#OneBookWednesday: Are You Reading With Us?

By Kate C. RSS Wed, November 6, 2019

So, have you started reading There There yet?

Back on October 17, the Free Library was pleased to announce, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, that Tommy Orange's award-winning debut novel would be the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection for the program's 18th season.

The selection committee found this novel to be compellingly specific, providing nuanced accounts of the places and people it describes. The themes of the novel, including Indigenous erasure, self-representation, and healing, provide the opportunity to reflect on these issues as they relate to the present and future Lenape and pan-Indigenous experiences represented in Philadelphia.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out your ebook, audiobook, or paperback copy from the Free Library today! And as you begin reading, stay tuned right here to the One Book blog for discussion guides and conversation! We'll be back each week as part of the #OneBookWednesday series—hopefully we'll all learn something along the way!

For today, we leave you with this video to reacquaint you with One Book, One Philadelphia and get you thinking about There, There.

We also put together this handy character map, to help you keep track of everyone you'll be meeting.

What comes next? Join us at the Parkway Central Library on January 22 to kick off eight weeks of programming related to the book. With an original performance by Curtis Institute of Music composer Elise Arancio, this event will feature a discussion with Tommy Orange and 6ABC’s Tamala Edwards followed by a book signing. Between this kickoff event and the finale on March 18, more than 100 events including book discussions, mixed-media art, and music workshops, film screenings, poetry readings, community panels, and creative writing workshops all based on the themes of There There will take place around the city. We can't wait to experience it all with you!

Check back every #OneBookWednesday during the season for more One Book food-for-thought and reflection!

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Struggling to understand how this booklaunch was made and the books were not on the shelves. How can patrons participate and the books were not available. There is also a limited number of books made available for the branches. This is an annual event and the basic logistics of an available quantity of books is expected and realistic.
Lucretia Moye - Philadelphia
Friday, November 15, 2019

Hi Lucretia, and thanks for reaching out. I'm sorry that you haven't been able to get a copy yet of THERE THERE -- I know there are a lot of holds at the moment. When the book was announced, we had 140 copies on the shelves, and we're in the process of adding 250 more (they should be out in a week or so). Additionally, if you come to any of the book discussions at libraries, free copies of the book will be given out (10 copies at each library). I'll email you for your address and would be happy to send you a copy!
Brittanie Sterner - Philadelphia
Monday, November 18, 2019

There are nearly 200 copies of There There in the system. So mathematically speaking; there should only be 3 -5 people waiting for any specific copy; while I know it can be frustrating to walk in and not walk out with exactly what you came for if you have any issues getting on the hold list or have not received your hold after over a month of waiting please let a Librarian know. Thank you for checking out There There!
el boogie - IND branch
Friday, November 22, 2019

I was just informed that as a public school teacher, I should be able to get a class set of "There There!". I would love to know if that is accurate, and if so, how do I go about requesting 34 copies of the title so we can read it together in class and participate in the many activities planned. I teach a unit on indigenous peoples, so it would be great to integrate this title into that unit. Thank you. sincerely, J.Lobron
John R Lobron - Philadelphia
Monday, November 25, 2019