The biggest question, then, is which book to read. Instead of the library just picking one, we decided to let the patrons choose their book. To do this, the library designed a two-step process.
Step One was "nominations." During the months of September and October 2006, we had nomination forms and boxes in the library and on the
When nominations closed, a committee of library staff and townspeople tallied up all the nominations. The idea was to take the top five or so most popular, but the committee found that the nominations were all over the spectrum. So, they had to apply some criteria to help narrow the list:
- had to be fiction
- had to be under about 400 pages
- had to be readable by and interesting to ages about fourteen to adult
- shouldn't be a book everyone read in high school
Once those criteria had weeded out many books, the committee then chose the three most popular nominations, and created a voting ballot for general
Step Two came on Election Day (today, Nov. 7th), with ballots and boxes set up in the library, on the website - and also at the election polling locations around town. The idea was to get people interested in the One Book One Town program by really letting them vote on which title they read.
Voting is going on right now, and I'll post how the results come out.