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Posted on: August 8, 2019

One Book One Parish starts on October 1 at SML

One Book One Parish

Programming for Shreve Memorial Library’s annual One Book One Parish campaign will begin Tuesday, October 1. Each year, One Book One Parish unites Caddo Parish by promoting one book title throughout Shreve Memorial Library’s 21 branches during the month of October. 

The public was given an opportunity to select this year’s title from July 22 to August 4, and the winning title selected was Becoming by Michelle Obama. Throughout the month of October, Shreve Memorial Library branches will host programs related to and inspired by the book Becoming. All programs are free and open to the public.

Becoming is the captivating memoir of Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States of America. The book takes an intimate and reflective look into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her life. Copies of the book are available for check out at all Shreve Memorial Library branches and online through resources such as Overdrive.

One Book One Parish encourages adults to read one book and join in a parish-wide conversation about that book. This year, the public is invited to join book talks discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama at several Shreve Memorial Library branches and book club meetings. Registration is not required to attend. Reading the book beforehand is advised, but not required. Book discussions are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, October 3 - 5 p.m., YouTube Author Talk at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop (Facebook Event)
  • Friday, October 4 – 4 p.m., Becoming Book Talk at the David Raines Branch, 2855 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (Facebook Event)
  • Tuesday, October 8 – 1 p.m., Sip & Talk Book Discussion at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 2105 Hollywood Avenue (Facebook Event)
  • Wednesday, October 16 – 5:30 p.m., Around the World Book Club Meeting at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch (Facebook Event)
  • Monday, October 21 – 11 a.m., YouTube Author Talk at the Wallette Branch, 363 Hearne Avenue (Facebook Event)
  • Tuesday, October 22 – 5:30 p.m., Becoming Book Discussion with Appellate Judge Shonda D. Stone at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road (Facebook Event)
  • Thursday, October 24 – 5:30 p.m., Books & Brats Book Club Meeting at The Missing Link, 504 Texas Street (Facebook Event)
  • Friday, October 25 – 2 p.m., Eat. Speak. Listen.: Becoming by Michelle Obama Book Experience at the North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street (Facebook Event)

In addition to book discussions, several Shreve Memorial Library branches will hold movie screenings of Southside With You, the romantic retelling of Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date. Movie screenings will be held on the following dates at the library branches below:

  • Tuesday, October 8 – 5:30 p.m. at the West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road
  • Friday, October 11 – 4 p.m. at the David Raines Branch (Facebook Event
  • Tuesday, October 22 – 5:30 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive (Facebook Event)
  • Monday, October 28 – 11 a.m. at the Wallette Branch (Facebook Event)

Other programs inspired by the book will be held at other Shreve Memorial Library Branches. On Tuesday, October 15, Serita Wright, CFO/Administrator of Wright Way Two Behavioral Health Center, will visit the North Caddo Branch for an uplifting program entitled, “I Can Bring Home the Bacon: But I Need the Help of a Village to Be Successful.” The discussion will cover themes of work and parenting, concepts heavily covered in Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The program will take place at 11 a.m. at the North Caddo Branch, located at 615 North Pine Street in Vivian.

Family craft programs will explore the concept of visioning, developing a plan for the future, another concept mentioned frequently in the book. Patrons are invited to visit Shreve Memorial Library branches and create their own vision boards to envision where they see themselves in years to come. Vision board craft programs will be held on Friday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. at the Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue, and on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. at the West Shreveport Branch. Additionally, the David Raines Branch will host a family legacy board craft on Friday, October 18 at 4 p.m., and the West Shreveport Branch will hold a gardening DIY craft on Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. discussing how Michelle Obama created a community garden. Materials will be provided for all crafts, while supplies last.

About Becoming by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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