What is the book?

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban written by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb has been selected by the Bozeman Public Library Foundation as the official book for the 2014 One Book – One Bozeman. The book, published last October by Little, Brown and Company, describes Malala's childhood education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, her refusal to be silent when the Taliban took control and tried to end her education, and her emergence as a global symbol of peaceful protest and supporter of education. I Am Malala was selected as the recommended read for One Book – One Bozeman because it emphasizes the importance of education for all and introduces readers to a complex Pakistani culture that is very different from our own.

What is One Book – One Bozeman?

One Book - One Bozeman is a community-wide read program designed to encourage engaged discussion and literacy through the reading of a common book. The Bozeman Public Library is partnering with Bozeman Schools and local businesses to bring a successful and comprehensive program to our town to promote community building and civic engagement.

Take time to read the book, and then in July, August, and September take part in one or more of the series of activities throughout Bozeman to learn more about issues raised in the book and get to know your neighbors. Please make sure to attend the MSU Freshman Convocation where Shiza Shahid, co-founder and CEO of the Malala Fund, will speak. Also see her at the Bozeman Public Library the following morning for an opportunity to participate in a community conversation. Check the schedule on this website for more details.

Where Can I Find the Book? 

The Bozeman Public Library has copies of the book in multiple formats and book club kits available for check-out. Also check the Country Bookshelf, the MSU Bookstore, and Renne Library.

Who is organizing One Book – One Bozeman? 

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation is spearheading the efforts with community partners, including the Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman Schools Foundation, and a group of volunteers. All are working on a vigorous agenda of programs, book discussions, and much more in July, August, and September. Contact Paula Beswick at the Library Foundation at 582-2426 or obob@bozemanlibraryfoundation.org if you’d like to get involved or for more information.

Who are the sponsors of One Book – One Bozeman? 

Bozeman Daily ChronicleBozeman Schools Foundation, Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Central Asia Institute, The Country Bookshelf, Iqra Fund, League of Women VotersMontana State University, The Traveling School, and Wonderlust are generously offering their assistance.




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