CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Beth Sheffield
Readers Select Hidden Figures as One City, One Book Title
GREENSBORO, NC (May 18, 2017) – “We’re headed to outer space with the help of some groundbreaking mathematicians and a great book.” Greensboro Public Library Director Brigitte Blanton is excited about the title selected for One City, One Book this year. “After a careful selection process, which included public voting for the first time, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly has been selected as the 2017 One City, One Book title.” The book, which was also an Oscar-nominated hit movie, is the incredible untold story of three African-American women working at NASA who served as the mathematical brains behind the successful launch of America’s first astronaut into orbit, John Glenn.
One City, One Book is scheduled to begin this fall and with several Greensboro connections, Hidden Figures is expected to generate a lot of interest in the Library’s community read. Many of the women recruited for the Space Task Group came from Woman’s College, now UNCG. Author Margot Lee Shetterly was recently featured as UNCG’s commencement speaker. Mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson’s daughter, Katherine Moore, is a Bennett College alumna and Greensboro resident who now enjoys sharing her mother’s inspirational story.
This year marks the eighth One City, One Book which is a community-wide initiative encouraging everyone to read the same book. The 2017 kick-off event is scheduled for August 26. Other planned events include: memoir writing workshops, panel discussions on women in science, programs on the space race, films and even music of the era.
The selection process began in the fall of 2016 when library staff and community members reviewed title suggestions. The committee read a long list of titles and four books were chosen then reviewed by an executive committee. Four finalists were chosen: Dimestore by Lee Smith; Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende, and LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Once the finalists were selected the public was invited to vote online and at local Library branches. Over 500 votes were cast and Hidden Figures was the overwhelming winner.
Blanton said, “One City, One Book is a hallmark program that attracts thousands of participants with thoughtful discussions and exciting programming that mirrors the themes found in the selected book. As we partner with other community organizations we look forward to unique and entertaining events that will encourage readers to contemplate the important issues that are raised by this phenomenal story.”
To find out more about the exciting programs and resources at the Greensboro Public Library, visit www.greensborolibrary.org
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