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One Book One County

One Book One County is a community read program for Wells County held in September and October every year. The program is designed to create a countywide discussion by encouraging all residents to read the same book. There are also a number of special events at the library related to themes found in the featured book and potentially an author visit.

2017 One Book One County

This year there are two books with a similar theme: "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson and "Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool. We have several events during the months of September and October going on to help celebrate One Book One County, including several Appalachian trail and nature programs. See more details in the Upcoming Events section on this page.

About the Books 


"A Walk in the Woods"
by Bill Bryson 

Adults. “Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. 

Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of a neophyte woodsman learning hard lessons about self-reliance.” - from Publishers Weekly

Navigating_early"Navigating Early"
by Clare Vanderpool

Ages 10+. “When Jack Baker’s father sends him from his home in Kansas to attend a boys’ boarding school in Maine, Jack doesn’t know what to expect. Certainly not Early Auden, the strangest of boys...During a break from school, the boys set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for a great black bear. As Jack and Early travel deeper into the mountains, they meet peculiar and dangerous characters and make some shocking discoveries. But their adventure is only just the beginning. Will Jack and Early’s friendship last the journey? Can the boys make it home alive?” - book jacket

How to Participate

It's very easy! Just stop by the Main Library or Ossian Branch to get a copy of the books or check out the eBook or eAudiobook at the Northeast Indiana Digital Library. Then start reading. That's it!

Book Discussions

If you'd like to join us to talk about the books, you are welcome. Please register at the library and pick up a book at that time. 

"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

  • Monday, October 9: 1:30-2:30 pm (Main Library - Bluffton)
  • Thursday, October 12: 1:30-2:30 pm (Ossian Branch)
  • Thursday, October 12: 6:30-7:30 pm (Main Library - Bluffton)
"Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool
  • Tuesday, October 10: 6:30-7:30 pm (Main Library - Bluffton, Grades 5-6)

Past Programs

Past community reads include "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein, "Room" by Emma Donoghue, "The Reading Promise" by Alice Ozma, "The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen, "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy" by Kelsey Timmerman, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, and "A Place Called Hope" by Philip Gulley.


This program is presented by the Wells County Public Library with financial support from the Friends of the Library.

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Throughout the months of September and October, the Wells County Public Library encourages area residents to read and discuss the same book during the One Book One County community read program. This year there are not one, but two books that have a simila… Read More

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