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Home   »  Booklovers' Corner  »  Everyone is Reading

Everyone is Reading

"Everyone is Reading" is Howe Library's one book, one community event. In 1998, Seattle Public librarian Nancy Pearl developed the idea for a program that would bring people together by reading and discussing the same book at the same time. The idea soon spread around the country, reaching all the way to a small town in New Hampshire.  
Each year since 2009, Howe Library has invited the Upper Valley community to read the same book and join us for programming around themes found in the book.  All events are free and open to the public; please note that some events may require registration to attend.  Copies of the book can be checked out by any Upper Valley resident; a Howe Library card is not required to borrow a copy. 
This fall, we are inviting the community to better know our neighbors to the North.  We are a short drive to the border, but how much do you know about Canada?  Join us as we read Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through programming that looks at our countries similarities and influences on each other.
If you read a book that you think would be a good candidate for the 2018 "Everyone is Reading" series, please let us know by emailing
Keep in mind that the book must:
  • be well-written
  • have a compelling story that raises interesting questions
  • suggest varied programming possibilities
  • appeal to men and women
  • be available in paperback
  • have less than 350 pages
Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper
See Series Schedule
The Soul of an Octopus
Sy Montgomery
A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson

The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Laurie R. King
The Story of Charlotte's Web
Michael Sims
Donovan Hahn

The Wisest Man in America
W. D. Wetherell
Strength in What Remains
Tracy Kidder 
Geraldine Brooks

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