The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy our community's educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services and programs.

One County, One Book

  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006

2016 Title:
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

a dirty life by kristin kimball

    FEBRUARY

  • 2/22: OCOB Kids’ Poetry Contest for Grades 2-12 begins
  • 2/22: Celebrity Reader Week at local schools
  • 2/26: Artist, Bryan Collier visit to Schenectady City School’s MLK Elementary School
  • 2/27: GROW A READER book donation program runs through 4/20
  • 2/29: Friends’ Book Sandwiched in book review w/ Eileen Abrahams
  • MARCH

  • 3/2: SELMA movie @ Central
  • 3/7: The History of Me: A Three-Part Memoir Workshop (3/7, 3/14, 3/21)
  • 3/19: 4 LITTLE GIRLS movie @ Bornt
  • 3/31: OCOB Kids‘ Poetry Contest ends
  • APRIL

  • 4/2: Bornt Kids Dreaming Crafternoon @ Bornt
  • 4/4: Jacqueline Woodson Author Event @ GE Theater at Proctors
  • 4/16: SELMA movie @ Bornt
  • 4/20: OCOB Kids’ Poetry Reception
  • BOOK KIT REQUEST

    A Book Kit for Brown Girl Dreaming may be requested for groups participating in our One County, One Book program which runs through April 22, 2016. The kit includes the requested number and type of books and a folder with information about the author and discussion questions. The kits may be borrowed for 4 weeks. They can only be picked up and returned to the Central Library Circulation Desk at 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady.


    To request a book kit, please click here for the PDF form.

2014 Winning Title:
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
by Kristin Kimball

a dirty life by kristin kimball

  • "Meet the Author: Kristin Kimball"
  • "Small Farm Rising" film and discussion presented by retired teacher Mary Anne Mangano
  • "Outstanding in the Arcade" Hosted by Proctors and Schenectady Greenmarket
  • "Meet Ellen Stimson, author of Mud Season"
  • "The Hero's Journey" writers' workshop facilitated by Susannah Risley
  • Dinner and book discussions at Cella Bistro
  • "Farming, Cooking and Eating Locally" panel discussion hosted by Schenectady Greenmarket with panelists Christina Davis, Cheryl Nechamen, and Chris Chandler

2013 Winning Title:
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

the art of racing in the rain

  • "When Your Pet Dies: Grieving the Loss of Companion Animals" with Haven Bereavement Support Center
  • "All About Pets" presented by the Animal Protective Foundation
  • "Dogs & People: the Heart Connection" with Susan Hamlin
  • "Meet the Author: Garth Stein"
  • Mazda Miata race car, owned by Tom Campbell, display
  • Book discussions of The Art of Racing in the Rain and Racing in the Rain (the children's companion novel)

2011 Winning Title:
My Name is Mary Sutter
by Robin Oliveira

my name is mary sutter

  • OCOB Kick-off: Book Review by Melinda Lawson, PhD., Lecturer and Director of the Public History Program at Union College
  • "An Evening of Readings: Civil War Voices": readings of Civil War journals, diaries, letters, and poems by local notables
  • 2011 Art Contest: "America Through My Eyes"
  • "Journey to the Past: Writing Historical Fiction" facilitated by Susannah Risley and Katherine Chansky
  • "Women in the Civil War" presented by Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, Professor, SUNY Albany
  • "Lunch with Robin Oliveira" and "Meet the Author: Robin Oliveira"
  • "Living History Day" at Mabee Farms

2010 Winning Title:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

  • OCOB Kick-off: Book Review by Wonja Brucker, Assistant Director SCPL
  • Reading of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet on WMHT-RISE
  • Service project: Literacy Survival Kits for adult ESL students at Washington Irving Education Center
  • "Win Lunch with Jamie Ford"
  • "Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet: The History of a Love Story", author program at SCCC
  • Facilitated book discussions at Mari's Japanese Restaurant
  • Art & Poetry Contest: "Create an Illustrated Haiku"

2009 Winning Title:
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
water for elephants

  • "Tell Us What It Was Like: Seniors recall the fabric of life during the Great Depression"
  • "Cooking in Lean Times" Cooking Show
  • "Challenges of Coping with the 'Brave New World'" with Dr. Rudy Nydegger
  • "Riding the Rails: the Great Depression as the Context for Water for Elephants" with Dr. Andrew Morris, Ph.D.
  • "I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt" with Maryanne Malecki
  • "Family Fun Circus Day" with Mr. Beau the Clown & Circus Red with
    Rich Kuperberg of Komotion
  • "Everything's Coming up Rosie" book discussion with Gordon Turner, Susannah Risley, and Dr. Noha Abou-Madi, DVM, Msc.

2008 Winning Title:
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
kite runner

  • Kabul Transit discussion with David B. Edwards
  • Kabul in Winter program with author, Ann Jones
  • Service project: working with the Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation
  • Book and film discussion with Jack Rightmyer and Casey Seiler
  • Afghan Culture Fest with food; music by Hossin Noorzai; dancing by Sarah Khaliqi and friends; and cultural demos including afghan kite fighting by Alireza Jawanshir

2007 Winning Title:
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
my sister's keeper

  • “Brave New World: the Bioethical Issues Raised in My Sister’s Keeper” led by Robert Baker with a book review by Sue Lehrman
  • "An Afternoon with Jodi Picoult” 
  • Service project: Have a Heart Survival Kits for Albany Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Unit
  • Community Book Discussion

2006 Winning Title:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
to kill a mockingbird

  • Pass the Book
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Service project: collecting goods for Bethesda House
  • “Bela Lugosi, Rosa Parks, and Harper Lee” led by Claudia Durst Johnson, Ph.D
  • Film discussion led by Dan DiNicola