One State/One Story

The Jeffersonville Township Public Library has been awarded a Community Read grant from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide One State/One Story reading of Jean Thompson’s book The Year We Left Home. Twenty-eight other communities and students at 4 Indiana colleges will be participating in the reading of this book.

Jean Thompson’s 2011 novel offers a sweeping multigenerational look at life in the Midwest over the past several decades. The story follows the Erickson family through the many changes affecting American life at the end of the 20th century, asking readers to consider the enduring, uniting power of place – why we choose to leave and when we decide to come home.

In April of 2021, the library will be offering a series of four programs based on the book “The Year We Left Home.” More information about these programs will be coming soon. As part of the grant, the library received a substantial number of copies of the book; they are available now for pickup at either library location, while supplies last. Get your copy and start reading this intriguing book so you will be ready to participate in the upcoming programs!

About One State/One Story

“One State/One Story: The Year We Left Home” is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read and engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation tied to Indiana Humanities’ current theme.

The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana’s literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level.


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