O-Town Reads 2021

Community Read Program
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O-Town Reads is more than a mere book drive. Each year we find a book to spark a community conversation. Over the past five years we have selected books that discuss tragedy, endurance, motivation, success, patriotism, athleticism, and so much more. This year's selected title covers somber themes like aging, loss, depression, and suicide in a respectful, matter-of-fact way that does not come across as heavy as some of those topics can be.

A reoccurring theme throughout the book is the impact and importance community plays in the internal struggles of those around us. 

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A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

After decades of marriage, Ove finds himself unemployed and alone. His wife, the only color in his world of black and white, is no longer there to be a buffer between himself and the world.

Ove's plans are interrupted when a new family moves in next door.

Pick up your free copy today. A limited number of large print editions are available upon request. When finished, keep the book or pass it on to help spark the conversations. T-Shirts are available for purchase at our Circulation Desk.

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Content Warning: This book contains themes of aging, depression, suicide, and loss.

Beanstack challenge

The 2021 O-Town Community Reads title is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  The book is a heartfelt story of a cranky, lonely, old man and the unexpected friendships that gave him purpose to live.  This challenge is created in honor of this book. https://ottawalibrary.beanstack.org

January 4th - February 28th

Kids 3-12: Complete a minimum of 2 challenges (reading and/or activity) to earn a free book and for every badge earned you will receive a virtual raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four family prizes.

January 4th - February 28th

Kids 12-18: Complete a minimum of 2 badges (reading or activities) to win a free book and with every badge earned you will receive a virtual ticket to place in a drawing for either an Echo Dot or Wireless Headphones.

January 14th - February 28th

Adults: Complete badges (reading or activities) and with every badge earned you will receive a virtual ticket to place in a drawing for a choice of prizes. More prizes may be added in February. 


Below is a list of other titles that you might enjoy if you enjoyed "A Man Called Ove."
"The Old Romantic" by Louise Dean, "Henry Himself" by Stewart O-Nan, "The Storied Life of Arthur Truluv" by Elizibeth Berg, "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" by Deborah Moggech, and "When We Danced on Water" by Evan Fallenberg.

Related Community events

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Thank you to our sponsors.

American Eagle Outfitters Foundation

Friends of the Ottawa Library

Ottawa Rotary


Ottawa Community Foundation

Bank Midwest

Becky & Tom Shrimplin

Loyd Builders

Rich & Sheryl Brown

Trent & Jody Lancaster

Hepner Appraisal Service

Betty Birzer, Realtor