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Join the Conversation!

Be part of One Book/One Community this March as we read and discuss Anthony Doerr's award-winning novel 
"All the Light We Cannot See" 

  How to Participate:

  • Read the book
  • Start a conversation
  • Attend one of many library events
  • Explore related books & movies

About the Book
 | About the Author | Book Discussions |
Special Events | Movie Showings | Events Brochure | Related Reading

One Book/One Community is a community initiative that encourages everyone to celebrate reading through conversations and events related to one book. Join the W-TCPL and our partners this spring for a series of exciting events featuring All the Light We Cannot See and topics related to this highly acclaimed novel.

One Book/One Community 2017 is a collaboration of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Hubbard Public Library, McKinley Memorial Library, Newton Falls Public Library, and Kent State University Trumbull.


About the Book: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See transports readers to World War II Europe and interweaves the stories of two young protagonists through detailed and engaging storytelling.

Marie-Laure goes blind when she is 6, and her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast.

In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, both enchanted by a radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

All the Light We Cannot See is winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the 2015 Ohioana Library Association Book Award for Fiction.

Copies of the book in regular and large type formats, eBook, and book-on-CD are available to borrow from the library.


About the Author

Anthony Doerr credit Todd Meier OfficialAnthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and now lives in Boise, Idaho.

In addition to All the Light We Cannot See, he is the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novel About Grace.

All the Light We Cannot See was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Doerr’s short stories and essays have won four O. Henry Prizes and he has received numerous prestigious literary recognitions and awards, including an Alex Award from the American Library Association, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, four Pushcart Prizes, four Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.

For more information about the author, visit: http://www.anthonydoerr.com/


Book Discussions

Read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and then join in a discussion to share your opinions, questions, and insights. Copies of the book in paper format, eBook, or book-on-CD are available to borrow from the library.

When:  Thursday, March 9 at 2 PM
Where: Main Library/Warren

When:  Wednesday, March 15 at 2 PM
Where: Brookfield Branch Library

When:  Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 PM
Where: Howland Branch Library

When:  Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM
Where: Cortland Branch Library

When:  Tuesday, March 28 at 6 PM
Where: Liberty Branch Library


Special Events


Mahoning Valley Home Front: Wartime Memories

When: Saturday, March 4 at 1 PM
Where: Main Library/Warren

Facilitated by Meghan Reed, director of the Trumbull County Historical Society

Talk with others about life during the 1940s and share your wartime memories. Plus, see a display of ration books and postcards and find out how you can add your photographs to the library’s online archive, Trumbull County Veterans of WW II.


Live Music at the Library: The 1940s Era

When: Tuesday, March 7 at 6 PM
Where: Liberty Branch Library

When: Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM
Where: Cortland Branch Library

Guitarist Tyler Guerrieri, a student at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, will play a selection of music popular during the 1940s.


The Last Days of New ParisScience Fiction Book Discussion: The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

When: Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM
Where: Main Library/Warren

Adults are invited to read this science fiction book and then join us for a discussion about it! The novel begins in the chaos of wartime Marseille, 1941, when American engineer--and occult disciple--Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group. What he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.



Paint & Sip Event for Adults

When: Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 PM
Where: Liberty Branch Library

This free event will be led by instructor Craig Latchaw. Enjoy sipping sparkling juice while you paint a picture of the Eiffel Tower! All supplies will be provided. Class size is limited; call 330-759-2589 to sign up. For adults.


Dr. Max V GrubbThe Power of Radio During World War II

When: Saturday, March 25 at 2 PM
Where: Main Library/Warren

Presented by Max V. Grubb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Youngstown State University

Radio plays a big part in the lives of both the main characters in All the Light We Cannot See. This was a time before the "instant" communication methods we have at our disposal today. Radio symbolized the connecting of people - bringing them together during the polarizing effects of war. Learn about the power of radio broadcasts, both legal and illegal, during WWII as well as the use of radio as a propaganda tool.

PLUS! See a display of World War II era radios and ham radios and talk with some local operators about how amateur radio works and how it is used today for weather reporting and in emergency situations.


HumeSara smallFashions of the 1940s

When: Wednesday, March 29 at 6 PM
Where: Main Library/Warren

Presented by Sara Hume, Associate Professor and Curator of Kent State University Museum

The 1940s was a tumultuous period in history, and the fashions of the time reflected the upheaval. World War II led to restrictions on what Americans and Europeans could wear because of rationing for civilian populations and uniforms for those who enlisted. It also brought opportunities to American designers who first broke free from European influence. The end of the war brought new freedoms. Christian Dior’s groundbreaking 1947 collection was known as the ‘New Look’ which came to refer more generally to the fuller skirts and hourglass silhouettes that predicted the styles of the 1950s.

This presentation will cover the limitations placed on fashions as well as the unique opportunities and original styles that emerged from this period.


Movie Showings

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Monday, March 6 at 2 p.m. – Main Library/Warren
(1954; Runtime 127 minutes; Rated G; Walt Disney Pictures)

This Land is Mine
Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. – Main Library/Warren
(1943; Runtime 103 minutes; Not Rated)

The Monuments Men
Tuesday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. – Liberty Branch Library
(2014; Runtime 118 minutes; Rated PG-13)

Joan of Paris
Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. - Cortland Branch Library
(1942; Runtime 93 minutes; Not Rated)

Charlotte Gray
Monday, March 20 at 2 p.m. – Main Library/Warren
(2001; Runtime 120 minutes; Rated PG-13)

Passage to Marseille
Monday, March 27 at 2 p.m. – Main Library/Warren
(1944; Runtime 110 minutes; Not Rated)


Events Brochure

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This 2-page Programs & Events Guide (oversized PDF) contains a complete list of One Book/One Community activities at all participating libraries and locations; copies of the list are available at any participating location.



Related Reading

If you enjoyed reading All the Light We Cannot See, this Book List of Related Reading offers suggestions for further reading you might like; copies of the list are available at all Warren-Trumbull County Public Library locations.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

  10:00 AM Toddler Tales @ Howland
  1:00 PM Preschool Storytime @ Liberty
  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint @ Main
  3:30 PM Teen Readers' Musical Theater Meetings @ Main
  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM LEGO Club @ Liberty
  5:00 PM Teen Game Night @ Main
  6:30 PM Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group @ Main
  6:30 PM Book Discussion @ Cortland


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