One Book One Independence 2019

What is One Book One Independence?

Independence Public Library launched the community reading campaign, One Book One Independence (OBOI), three years ago with the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  The 2017 selection was Arrowood and 2018 was Stars over Clear Lake.  Through reading, events, discussions, and performances; OBOI builds a sense of community and encourages relationships while promoting literacy.

Why One Book One Independence (OBOI)?

What did people like about One Book One Independence?  These are a few comments from follow-up surveys:
"The togetherness it fosters throughout the community."
"Every time I stop in the library, I feel that I become more involved in Independence. I participated in the canvas worshop. Just seeing the finished products made me more aware of the Independence community."
 "The connection made to the architecture of Independence homes helped  community members learn more about their hometown and gain a new level  of pride...It also stimulated a lot of interest in local history."
"I shared the title of the book with many of my friends and recommended they read it. I also informed several people about the POW Camps in Iowa, which I didbn't know about until I read the book."

How can the library offer OBOI 2019?

After three successful years of OBOI, the citizen committee and the library would like to do it again!  In order to provide a One Book One Community, the library needs to raise money.  

The library will run a Give Me $10 Campaign through the month of October.    This is a way for everybody to give a little and make a big impact!   The public is welcome to donate money at the library or online!

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What is needed?

The library has $5,441.77 available as of Oct. 11 for OBOI 2019. The Independence Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Library, donations, and the general programming funds have all helped the Foundation with this goal.  The goal for OBOI 2019 is $6,000.

The public is welcome to donate money at the library or online!  We thank you in advance for your generosity...we couldn't do it without a wide array of support. 


If you would like to sponsor the program, $500 or more will put you or your organization at the sponsorship level. 
If you would like to donate online, click the "Donate" button above. It is linked to PayPal for secure payment, but you do not need a PayPal  account to use it...just fill out the information using your credit card.  A fee will be taken out of each donation of 2.2% plus a $0.30 transaction fee. These are the lowest fees the foundation  has located for online donations.

If you are interested in donating to the library in person, checks can be made out to the Independence Public Library Foundation, or IPL Foundation.   You may also mail a donation.  Please download and print the pdf  donation form below and send it with your check, made out to the IPL Foundation, to:

Independence Public Library Foundation
805 1st St East
Independence, Iowa 50644

If you have any questions or would like to speak to Laura Blaker, the  director, about a donation, please call 319-334-2470 or email  Thank you so much for your support!