One City One Book Hamilton launches for first time with ‘Hidden Figures’

  • Wayne Baker
  • Staff Writer
7:46 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 Hamilton
One City One Book Hamilton launches for the first time with the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.

A community reading program designed to engage residents from all walks of life will make its debut in Hamilton this fall for the first time.

The One City One Book initiative is designed to have Hamiltonians read the same book at the same time. Earlier this year, residents were asked to choose from three books, and the winning title was “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.

“Hidden Figures” tells the true story of black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. The book was recently made into a movie that was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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“With the arts renaissance in Hamilton, this is the perfect time to highlight literature,” Niki Motley, who is helping to lead the volunteer grassroots initiative of One City One Book, said in a statement. “Through the book reading and its themes, we hope to create conversations and activities that engage our residents in thoughtful discussions that emphasize our commonalities.”

Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller said One City One Book is a great way to get people reading and to also foster many discussions among residents.

“I look forward to both reading the book and the community discussion,” Moeller told the Journal-News. “What a great way to weave the community together by means of reading and sharing.”

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HOW TO GET A COPY OF ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’

Hamilton residents can check out “Hidden Figures” from The Lane Libraries in any one of the following formats:

Checkout requires a Lane Libraries card, which is free to obtain. All formats can be placed on hold by visiting www.lanepl.org with your library card number. Patrons can also visit their local Lane Library location and see what is currently available.

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Community events — including read-ins, book discussions, art performances and more — will take place throughout October in Hamilton as part of One City One Book. A full schedule of events will be released in September, according to Motley.

Free copies of “Hidden Figures” will be dispersed by the dozen throughout Hamilton in September, with the hope residents will enjoy the book and then pass it along to a neighbor, friend or co-worker to read, organizers said in a statement.

In addition, hundreds of copies of “Hidden Figures” will be distributed to Hamilton City Schools, Badin High School and parochial elementaries in Hamilton for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms.

One City One Book is being made possible with support from The Hamilton Community Foundation, The Lane Libraries, and Hamilton’s 17Strong micro-grant program, organizers said.

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ALIVE AFTER FIVE: ONCE UPON A TIME

A kickoff for One City One Book, celebrating “Hidden Figures” as the book chosen for this first-time effort, will coincide with Alive After 5 today, May 4, in downtown Hamilton. Alive After 5, a monthly shop hop in downtown Hamilton, is open to the public with plenty of free parking after 5 p.m.

With a theme of Once Upon A Time, the first Alive After 5 of 2017 will have story time and other activities for children, The Lane Libraries bookmobile, a scavenger hunt, costume contest, and lots of specials from downtown Hamilton businesses.

Free bookmarks celebrating One City One Book will also be given away during Alive After 5.

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