The Pickaway County Library and Berger Health Foundation invite the public to take part in the third annual community-wide reading program called One Book, One Community. Other supporting agencies include the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Pickaway County Park District, OSU Extension, Pickaway County Family YMCA and the Pickaway County General Health District.

The book selected is “The Blue Zones: 9 lessons for living longer” by Dan Buettner, which focuses on communities with a high percentage of people who live to be a healthy 100 years old.

The goal of One Book, One Community is to bring people together through reading and discussion of a common book. This is the third year for this type of program in Pickaway County.

The One Book, One Community program will run from January through April 2018. The community is encouraged to read the book from January through February. Programs related to the book will begin in February and include community lectures, workshops, book discussions and panel discussions.

Print and digital copies of the book are available through the Pickaway County Library, including the Younkin Branch in Ashville and the Bookmobile. A full calendar of events can be found online through the FaceBook page “One Book, One Community—Pickaway County” once they have been finalized. All programs are free and open to the public.

In 2016, the Pickaway County One Book, One Community discussed “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End” by Atul Gawande, MD, about palliative care and what it means to families. In 2017, the One Community book was “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones, which discusses America’s opiate epidemic. More than 500 people have attended One Book, One Community programs.