One Book, One Sioux County occasion deliberate | Sioux Heart Information

SIOUX CENTER – Nationwide reading program One Book, One Sioux County is preparing for the fifth time for the autumn event with SM Hulse. She is the author of Black River, this year’s book from One Book, One Sioux County.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will offer online options or in-person viewing parties on Thursday, November 5th at 7 p.m.

The book tells the story of Wes Carver, who returns to his hometown with two things in the cab of his truck: his wife’s ashes and a letter from the prison probation service. Convicted Bobby Williams, who took him hostage during a riot 20 years ago, is being considered for release. As Wes ponders his own choices and mourns everything he has lost, he must decide what to believe and whether to let Williams go.

According to Becky Bilby, director of the Sioux Center Public Library, there are two ways people can attend the November 5th event: in their private homes, which they view online, or at the viewing parties at the Sioux Center Public Library and the Hospers Public Library. Social distancing is followed and masks are encouraged. Those interested in participating in the event virtually can register at to receive the required link.

Live questions are answered at the end, and those who log in remotely can enter the questions to the chat moderator via Zoom.

“That promotes literature. It’s a way to bring Sioux County together for those who want to read it. We don’t often have events like this where we can have our little book discussion in each of our cities and then get together and see an author speak on the subject, ”said Bilby. “It’s kind of a way to provide something for the entire county, bring us together on a book, and have some events that lead to what creates excitement and interest in the title itself.”

One Book, One Sioux County brings together all eight Sioux County’s public libraries and the three county academic libraries of Dordt University at Sioux Center, Northwestern College in Orange City, and Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

The committee itself consists of six people, three of the directors of the public library on board and one of each of the academic colleges. This committee selects the book to be read the following year.

Throughout the year, participants can take part in various activities such as: B. at writing workshops and dinner at the Mystery Theater.

All of this leads to the closing event at the beginning of November, where the author of the book will be invited to discussions and questions. The next book will be announced at the end of the event.

Bilby thanked the Sioux County Board of Supervisors for the continued financial support of the program as it enables them to cover the author’s travel expenses.

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