Everyone is Reading

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. 
Everyone is Reading 2022:
Our annual community read program, Everyone is Reading, returns this summer. This year's selection is The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose. This book is based in part on artist Maria Abramović's performance piece The Artist is Present at MOMA in 2010 and its fictional character's response to this piece.
This year we are partnering with Northern Stage to present programs in conjunction with their New Works Now Festival. We choose The Museum of Modern Love as it is a book about a woman artist written by a woman author. The playwrights in this year's New Works Now Festival are all women. Women have always been involved in the arts, creating and making work that has not always been valued or appreciated. What is art, and who gets to decide? Whose voices are heard? Why do humans care so much about art? What does art tell us about ourselves?  
Please join us:
We hope you will take the time to read The Museum of Modern Love and attend one of the hybrid programs this summer. We are giving away free paperback copies of the book. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Monday, June 20 at the Information Desk. Howe Library cardholders can also access ebook and audiobook copies from Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby.
Program Schedule: 
There are a few more programs in which we are finalizing details with performers and presenters. We will add additional programs on this page and on our event calendar as soon as events are confirmed.
All programs are hybrid (in-person in the Mayer Room, Howe Library and onine via Zoom) unless otherwise stated. 
Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.:  Behind the Scenes! A Preview of the Musical Shook with Northern Stage. 
Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Behind the Scenes! Set Design at Northern Stage
Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Book Discussion: The Museum of Modern Love
*Online via Zoom*
Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Mary Coffey on The Museum of Modern Love
Thursday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m.: Book Discussion: The Museum of Modern Love
More Info
Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.: New Works Now creative teams and actors. 
More Information to come!
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.
Past Everyone is Reading selections:
Zadie Smith
Walking to
The Lady in Gold
Etta and
Otto and Russell
and James
Emma Hooper
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
   Moby Duck book cover 2012
Donovan Hahnl
  Wisest man in America book cover   2011
The Wisest Man in America
W. D. Wetherell
   Strength in what remains book cover 2010
Strength in What Remains
Tracy Kidder
   March book cover 2009
Geraldine Brooks

Suggest a title:
If you read a book that would be a good candidate for next year, please let us know by emailing reference@thehowe.org.

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 fewer than 350 pages