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Home   »  Booklovers' Corner  »  Everyone is Reading

Everyone is Reading:
A Month-Long Community Reading Event

"Everyone is Reading" is Howe Library's one book, one community event. In 1998, Seattle Public librarian Nancy Pearl developed the idea for a program that would bring people together by reading and discussing the same book at the same time. The idea soon spread around the country, reaching all the way to a small town in New Hampshire.

This year's title is The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.  Booklist gave the book a starred review and said, "In prose as gripping and entwining as her subjects' many arms, Montgomery chronicles the octopus' phenomenal strength, dexterity, speed, weaponry, and lightning-quick shape-shifting and camouflage abilities. She also tells funny and moving stories about her friendships with the dedicated aquarists and volunteers (most notably Anna, a valiant young woman with Asperger's syndrome) who care for the cephalopods with infinite respect and tenderness. Montgomery's uniquely intimate portrait of the elusive octopus profoundly recalibrates our perception of consciousness, communication, and community."

Take a respite from today’s news cycle and join us for programs that will let you escape to the sea, if only for an hour.  Take a look at our schedule of events.
If you read a book that you think would be a good candidate for the 2017 "Everyone is Reading" series, please let us know by emailing
Keep in mind that the book must:
  • be well-written
  • have a compelling story that raises interesting questions
  • suggest varied programming possibilities
  • appeal to men and women
  • be available in paperback
  • have less than 350 pages
        The Soul of an Octopus
        by Sy Montgomery 
        Schedule of Events

    A Walk in the Woods book cover    2015
        A Walk in the Woods
        by Bill Bryson

    Beekeeper's Apprentice    2014
        The Beekeeper's Apprentice
    by Laurie R. King

    The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims    2013
        The Story of Charlotte's Web

        by Michael Sims

    Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn     2012
         by Donovan Hohn

         The Wisest Man in America
         by W. D. Wetherell
         Strength in What Remains
         by Tracy Kidder
         by Geraldine Brooks

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