One Book, One Philadelphia is a joint project of the Mayor John F. Street and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The mission of the program, which is entering its fourth year, is to promote reading, literacy, library usage, and community-building throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

This year, as Philadelphia celebrates Benjamin Franklin's three-hundredth birthday, the City of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia have an extraordinary opportunity to focus on the life of the legendary Mr. Franklin via our One Book, One Philadelphia project.

The Library will be offering several events based on the life and times of Ben Franklin, such as author appearances, writing projects, panel discussions, book groups, children’s programs, theatrical events, and a display of original, amusing illustrations from Robert Lawson’s Ben and Me. Mr. Franklin, himself, will visit several libraries and branches throughout the One Book calendar period, which runs from January 17 to March 15, 2006.

Hundreds of Community Partners have developed programs to enhance the public's enjoyment and understanding of the selected books. (See “The Books” for more details about this year’s selections.) There is a complete list of Sponsors and Community Partners on this site. We thank our Sponsors and Partners, and especially our Lead Sponsor for the fourth year, Independence Blue Cross, for their tremendous support.

One Book, One Philadelphia promises to be one of the most exciting, community-building, regional projects of 2006. Thank you in advance for helping to support and celebrate One Book, One Philadelphia.

The Autobiography Project

In partnership with the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, One Book, One Philadelphia presents The Autobiography Project, sponsored by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Ben Franklin’s autobiography may be the most widely published of all time. To honor him, we invite you to submit a memoir of your own. Selected pieces will be published in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, and will be reprinted on bus and subway posters throughout Philadelphia. The Autobiography Project will launch in March and you can visit,, or for more details at that time.