Since 1998, when Seattle asked its residents to read Russell Banks’ The Sweet Hereafter, the idea of a community reading and discussing the same book has spread across the United States and to countries as far away as Australia. The idea spawned “One City, One Book” events, county- and state-wide programs, and even the nationwide All America Reads and Canada Reads projects.
Centre County’s efforts began early in 2002 when a group of individuals from the community, including libraries, schools, and bookstores began to discuss the merits of a county-wide effort to share a book. In 2003, Centre County residents initially read and discussed Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The community response was terrific, and so the project continued.