07901 . . . We Are One!

One Book One Community

Program Objectives

The One Book, One Community program of Summit is a collaborative effort of Shaping Summit Together, The Summit Interfaith Council, The Summit Free Public Library, The Mayor’s Forum on Diversity and others.

It is made possible by a generous grant from The Summit Area Public Foundation.

The goal of the program is to select a book that brings to light an area of concern or interest by the community at large. The program provides opportunities for dialogue across all races, ethnicities, faith traditions and socio-economic circumstances.  Activities include book discussions open to public and free of charge, reading group discussions and small group events. Each year there is a community-wide event that brings all the dialogues into focus and positions them for individual and/or community-wide action.

Annual Book Selections and Community-wide Events

  1. A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind. Cedric Jennings came to Summit to share his journey from inner city youth to Ivy League college student and beyond. He shared his “lessons learned” about the strength of his faith, his mother’s commitment to his success and his work to mentor inner city youth with hopes, dreams and challenges to overcome.
  2. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. A panel discussion of three amazing people who make a difference in a foreign land: Tamara Thompson, who strives to end child slavery in Haiti ,Susan V. Booth, who strives to take orphans off the streets of Bucharest ,George Imprahim, who single-handedly has raised funds to build a school for children in Ghana. This year’s panel discussion, entitled “Ordinary People, Extra-Ordinary Service” precedes a celebration of “Extra-Ordinary Summit”, citizens who make a difference in people’s lives in Summit and beyond.
  3. What is the What by Dave Eggers. The book is a novelistic biography of Valentino Achak Deng, who came to America after escaping the war in the Sudan. The book follows him as he suffers in his war-torn homeland, struggles to survive, and adapts to a new community in the US all the while interweaving touches of humor. The book contains universal themes of finding one's own identity and searching for one's place in the world.

If you a member of a reading group and would like to participate, please contact us.

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