One City One Book

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one city, one book

Connecting our community through a shared reading experience

The Livonia Public Library along with the Livonia Library Commission invites you to join us in participating in the One City, One Book project! The 2021 themes are identity, belonging and inclusivity.

Sponsored by:

Masco LogoLivonia Community Foundation Logo   


Arc of Justice bookThe Arc of Justice has been chosen as the first book of the One City, One Book project.

Historian Kevin Boyle tells the story of Detroit by weaving the police investigation and courtroom drama of the Sweet murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry. His narrative history documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family’s journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class.

one city, one book programming
The Library is hosting a series of FREE public events that are open to all ages. 

Tuesday, June 15
Video Submission Scholarship begins

Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.
Zoom Link
Join Councilman Brandon McCullough on Zoom as he discusses the book Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle.
Zoom Meeting ID: 816 2733 8919

Thursday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.
Bennett Civic Center Library Parking Lot
Doc McStuffins Story Time
Bring a blanket or chair!

Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Bennett Civic Center Auditorium
Driving Through the Jim Crow Era/ Fred Colgren (Gilmore Car Museum)

Saturday, Aug.  21 at Dusk
Bennett Civic Center Library
Outdoor Movie: Instant Family

Monday, Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Bennett Civic Center Auditorium
Movie: SELMA

Friday, Sept. 3
Video Submission Scholarship DUE

Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
Zoom Link
Reading with Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan

Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Bennett Civic Center Library Auditorium
Researching African-American Genealogy by Rozlyn Kelly, President of Farmington Genealogical Society

Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Carl Sandburg Library
Princess Storytime and Outdoor Movie: Princess and the Frog

Friday, Sept. 17
Video Submission Scholarship Winners Announced

Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.
Bennett Civic Center Library Auditorium
Let's Talk: Impact of Historic Housing Discrimination on Our Current Neighborhoods

Saturday, Sept. 25  from 1-2 p.m.
Bennett Civic Center Library
Outdoor Livonia Symphony Orchestra Jazz Concert

Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Zoom Link
"The Truth is Powerful, It Prevails:" Abolitionism in Livonia Township in the Nineteenth Century

Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.
Bennett Civic Center Auditorium
Putting Rozlyn's Methodologies to Practice with Carl Katafiasz and Paige Plant

Friday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. 
Bennett Civic Center Auditorium
Talk with Kevin Boyle, Author of “Arc of Justice”

one city, one book video submission contest

Pick your theme: identity, belonging or inclusivity. Entries should beOne City One Book Video Submission Logo
submitted via Dropbox Transfer to the email address, starting
on Tuesday, June 15.  Please see the contest rules for more information.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. (eastern daylight time, US)
on Friday, Sept. 3. 

1st Place-$250
2nd Place-$150
3rd Place-$100

Scholarships generously funded by:Friends of Livonia Library Logo

recommended reading

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Just Mercy  by Bryan Stevenson
The Warmth of  Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Freedom Road by Howard Fast
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Kingsley House by Arliss Ryan
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown