Libraries Partner on One Book – One Community Initiative


One Book One Community: Stamped

One Book One Community: Stamped

The Plain City Public Library is pleased to join eight other central Ohio library systems in a partnership to promote a community reading of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds as part of a Let’s Talk About Race: One Book-One Community initiative.

This initiative will culminate in a virtual discussion with Jason Reynolds on Sunday, January 24 at 4:00pm. Register here for this free virtual event.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is an amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto by bestselling author Jason Reynolds.  While written for young people, this non-fiction remix of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi is a timely read for people of all ages.

This non-fiction Young Adult book is packed with relevant information that is poised to help promote dialogue and bridge the differences that divide us.

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old.

He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for this first work of prose and seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost (2016) and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina (2017) and Sunny (2018); As Brave As You (2016), winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award; and a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017).

The Plain City Public Library will host a book discussion via Zoom as part of it’s Brunch Book Club series on Tuesday, January 12 at 10:30am. Patrons are also encouraged to form their own book discussion groups with support and materials from the library. Contact Public Services Librarian Amanda Warner to arrange checkout of multiple copies of Stamped From the Beginning. 

Stamped Book Club Guide
Stamped Educator Guide

In addition to sharing resources, central Ohio libraries have a history of collaboration. A discussion that began in July 2020 of how to work together to increase community understanding and promote constructive dialogue on the topic of race in America resulted in this One Book-One Community program, which encourages friends, families and neighbors to share their personal experience while reading the same book. Participating libraries are: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries.