One Book, One Community Selection a Timely Read around Veterans Day

Columbia, SC- Share your passion for reading by joining Richland Library for a month-long, community-wide initiative and snagging a copy of this year's One Book, One Community selection - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

A timely read around Veterans Day, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination and the redemptive power of storytelling. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For more details on the novel, visit

Throughout November, Richland Library is inviting local residents to take part in One Book, One Community - an initiative that encourages everyone to read the same book at the same time. Pick up a copy, download a copy or take part in the conversation at one of our book groups.

The community is also invited to join us for the following events, which are free and open to the public, at our Main location (1431 Assembly Street):

From 2 - 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 10 during Beyond the Call: Women on the Front Lines, Emmy award-winning journalist and U.S. Army veteran Eileen Rivers speaks about her book, which is a riveting account of three women who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men in Afghanistan and worked with local women to restore their lives and village communities.

From 3 - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, November 11 during Voices from Vietnam: Reflecting at the Wall, view a documentary where veterans reflect on their experiences serving in the Vietnam War while visiting "The Wall that Heals" when the traveling exhibit came to Blythewood in 2016.

From 7 - 9:30 p.m., Friday, November 30 during Meet the Author: Tim O'Brien, get to know the American novelist and recent This Is Us episode co-writer who is behind this year's One Book, One Community selection.

One Book, One Community has spread to more than 500 cities since its inception in 1998.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

About Richland Library
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

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