One Book • One County: Community and Discussion Through Literacy

Is nonviolence more effective than other methods of protest? How is the United States different now compared to 50 years ago? How have attitudes about race changed over the course of those decades?

Explore these questions when you read March, a powerful history and memoir of John Lewis and the early days of the civil rights movement.

"March emphasizes the power of nonviolent protest and shows how people can band together to effect social change." - Common Sense Media, opens a new window

San Mateo County Libraries are pleased to participate in the One Book • One County community reading of this National Book Award-winning graphic novel and memoir. Not only will there be March reading events for high school aged youth and teens, but you'll also have the chance to meet the creators of March in person. Co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell will be at the Fox Theatre, opens a new window on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are free, opens a new window while supplies last.

In addition to their in-person appearance, Aydin and Powell will visit area schools during their stay in San Mateo County, including a school for incarcerated youth.

About One Book • One County

One Book • One County fosters community and discussion through literacy by inviting people to share a reading experience. This program is designed to inspire enthusiasm for reading and spark conversations that promote understanding of important social issues and topics.

Many San Mateo County students will participate in One Book • One County by reading March in their classrooms and in other county-wide reading events. For more information, visit the San Mateo County Office of Education site, opens a new window.

About John Lewis

John Lewis is a congressman from Georgia and a key figure of the civil rights movement. President Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom for his work on behalf of justice and nonviolence.

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