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One Book One Island 2022

For sixteen years, One Book, One Island (OBOI) has united the intrepid beings living on Nantucket throughout the winter months. A collaborative project of community partners and sponsors, our hope is to promote reading and community and encourage the whole population to read, reflect, and engage in themed activities that foster life-long learning for all ages. We also strive to be inclusive of a variety of audiences and reading levels and to select a title that is available in alternate translations and formats.

This time of year is especially cold and quiet, and OBOI serves a bright occasion for widely sharing a sense of community warmth. All events are offered at no charge, and we give away at least 500 copies every year.

We are dedicating the 2022 One Book One Island in memory of Jim Lentowski.
He was involved from the very first years of One Book, One Island as the Executive Director of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Jim passed away on July 6, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

Support for One Book One Island

The program is made possible by funding from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation and the Hale Family Foundation together with financial and staff support from multiple organizations and will be listed on The Nantucket Atheneum’s website at www.nantucketatheneum.org

Our 2022 OBOI selection The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

“Few fantasies are more enduring than the idea that there might be a second chance at a life already lived, some sort of magical reset in which mistakes can be erased, regrets addressed…and choices altered.” The NY Times. The Midnight Library is a 2020 work of fiction by the New York Times bestselling British author Matt Haig. In this novel, Haig addresses weighty topics through a main character, Nora Seed, who attempts suicide and must explore what it means to live while in the gray area between life and death. The book also addresses themes including small acts of kindness that can have large impacts and the power of perception. The Midnight Library won the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fiction and became a best seller upon publication. Haig is also known for Reasons to Stay Alive, which became a Sunday Times best seller; A Boy Called Christmas, a children’s novel; How to Stop Time; and Notes on a Nervous Planet.

PICK UP LOCATIONS for free copies of Midnight Library are currently:

 

  • The Nantucket Atheneum
  • The Corner Table
  • And Mitchell’s Book Sellers

Pending locations include:

  • The Nantucket Historical Society, open in February
  • The Ink and Mirror
  • The El Salvadorian Market, for copies in Spanish
  • Saltmarsh Center, for copies in Large Print

 

 

Our most up to date list of EVENTS for OBOI 2022
(Fri, March 18 – Sun, April 3)

 

MARCH 18 – APRIL 3
MIDNIGHT MAGIC, OBOI KICK OFF AND EXHIBIT, at the Artists Association of Nantucket
Join us for the One Book, One Island kick off on Fri, Mar. 18 for an ongoing “Midnight Magic” exhibit at the Artists Association of Nantucket at 24 Amelia Drive. A take and make art project that relates to The Midnight Library will also be available for kids.

MARCH 18 – APRIL 3

NO REGRETS – A CRAFT EVENT PRESENTED BY THE NHA
The Midnight Library contains a “Book of Regrets,” and our main character is encouraged to read this book and let her regrets go. Join us at the Nantucket Historical Society from Mar. 18 – Apr. 3 and pen a personal regret on one of the smooth stones provided outside the museum. We invite you to place your regret by the NHA Squid and take your choice of a “Wish” stone.  This interactive art project will culminate on Apr. 3 when you can watch a live stream of all of your regrets being released into the harbor.


MARCH 18 – APRIL 3

2 STORY-WALKS!

  • STORY-WALK and GRAB & GO CRAFT, at The Atheneum garden
    Enjoy a stroll through the Atheneum garden for this month’s story-walk selection which shares the OBOI title, The Midnight Library. But this is a children’s picture book by Kazuno Kohara. about an unusual library that is only open from midnight until dawn. In striking block-printed pictures, a nocturnal pigtailed librarian and her three assistant owls help each and every visitor find the perfect book or activity. The squirrel band wants to practice their noisy new material; Miss Wolf reads a sad book and weeps rainlike tears all over the reading room; and Tortoise needs a library card so that he can finally leave at closing time. They are all in for a long and busy night. Pick up the accompanying Grab & Go craft on the steps of The Weezie Library on Sat, Mar. 26 at 10AM — while supplies last!

 

 

  • STORY-WALK and GRAB & GO CRAFT, at The Atheneum garden  – Mar. 18 – Apr.3
    Enjoy a stroll through the Atheneum garden for this month’s story-walk selection which shares the OBOI title, The Midnight Library. But this story is a children’s picture book by Kazuno Kohara. and it’s about an unusual library that only opens from midnight ‘til dawn. In striking block-printed pictures, a nocturnal pigtailed librarian and her three assistant owls help each and every visitor find the perfect book or activity. The squirrel band wants to practice their noisy new material; Miss Wolf reads a sad book and weeps rain-like tears all over the reading room; and Tortoise needs a library card so that he can finally leave at closing time. They are all in for a long and busy night. Pick up the accompanying Grab & Go craft on the steps of The Weezie Library on Sat, Mar. 26 at 9:30AM — while supplies last!

MARCH 19
NISHA BOOK DISCUSSION for ages 8-12, at The Atheneum
In the Midnight Library, our main character finds solace and companionship with the pets in her many lives. Our OBOI author, Matt Haig, has also written children’s books, and we will be featuring another of his works, To Be A Cat, in a book discussion facilitated by the Fifth Grade Book Club of Nantucket’s Safe Harbor for Animals. Join us in the Atheneum’s Gallery on Sat, Mar. 19 at 10AM.

 

MARCH 19
DREAMLAND STORYTELLING EVENT
The Midnight Library imagines how sometimes even small decisions turn out to be life changing. Join us at the Dreamland Sat, Mar. 19 at 7PM to hear from Nantucketers about the decisions that have shaped their lives.

MARCH 21 & 28
VIRTUAL “YUMMY MONDAYS,” at The Atheneum

In The Midnight Library, one of our character’s lives involves pub food. In another, she owns a vineyard. Join Janet from the Atheneum for more episodes of our virtual Yummy Monday series and featured cooking lessons in honor of One Book, One Island. Sign up via the Atheneum’s calendar, https://nantucket.librarycalendar.com/

  • 21, 7PM – Virtual – Wine Tasting
  • March 28, 7PM – Virtual – Pub Food

 

 

MARCH 22, 6PM

DISCUSIóN SOBRE EL LIBRO La Biblioteca de la Medianoche en español, en El Atheneum

Zacil Nash estará en El Atheneum el Martes, Mar. 22, 6PM para discutir La Biblioteca de la Medianoche.

Mar. 22, 6PM

BOOK DISCUSSION OF THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY, at The Atheneum
Ann Scott will be at The Atheneum on Thur, Mar. 24, 6PM for a discussion of The Midnight Library.

MARCH 31, 5:30PM

Persuade, Prevent, Refer (PPR Training), at The Atheneum

In The Midnight Library, our main character struggles with feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and suicide. Fairwinds brings us a community training event to educate us in how to recognize if someone is suicidal, ways to ask and how to offer support. Anyone can learn how to Persuade, Prevent and Refer on Thurs, Mar. 31 at 5:30PM in The Atheneum’s Great Hall.

APRIL 2, 2PM

BOOK DISCUSSION OF THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY, at The Atheneum
Ann Scott will be at The Atheneum on Sat, Apr. 2, 2PM for a discussion of The Midnight Library.


APRIL 3, 12PM

THE HUMAN LIBRARY, at The Atheneum

In our book, The Midnight Library, the main character has the opportunity to experience many other lives she could have lived. In our own lives, there are choices that we get to make. But, there are some aspects of our lives that we do not actively choose. The Human Library is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people, where human beings serve as open books that many of us would not normally have access to. Every human book from our bookshelf represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination, because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, or ethnic origin. Join us at the Atheneum for the opportunity to learn and “unjudge” in a Q&A style forum on Sun, Apr. 3, at 12PM

SWIMMING AS A FAMILY  – Date TBD
One of the many lives explored in The Midnight Library is a championship swimmer. Join a real life swim coach to hear about the joys and pressures of raising a family of competitive swimmers.

VIRTUAL CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR MATT HAIG – TBD

Selections

2022
The Midnight Library (Haig)

2021
The Yellow House (Broom)

2020
The Overstory (Powers)

2019
The Monk of Mokha (Eggers)

2018
TransAtlantic (McCann)

2017
Elephant Company (Constantine Croke)

2016
The Invention of Wings (Monk Kidd)

2015
Enrique’s Journey (Nazario)

2014
To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee)

2013
The Red Garden (Hoffman)

2012
The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)

2011
The Postmistress (Blake)

2010
Coal Black Horse (Olmstead)

2009
American Chica (Arana)
Seedfolks (Fleischman)
Abuela (Dorros)

2008
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Young Man and the Sea (Philbrick)
Island Boy (Cooney)

2007
The Kiterunner (Hosseini)
The Breadwinner (Ellis)
The Librarian of Basra (Winter)