The "One Book" project
2012 book is "A Sand County Almanac"
The voters have chosen A Sand County Almanac, a classic written by Aldo Leopold, as One Book for 2012.
Written in the 1940s, the book is about a place in Wisconsin that Leopold lived in and loved, and the theme is taking care of our natural resources. Leopold, a native Iowan, is considered by many to be one of the fathers of conservation.
With its focus on nature and conservation, the One Book Project will partner with Hardin County Conservation and will feature local conservationists.
Upcoming One Book events
Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 pm – Tim Johnson sings about "A Sand County Almanac" at ECC's Kruse Main Hall, Hamilton Auditorium.
Friday, Oct. 5, Noon & 7 pm – Tim Johnson sings about "A Sand County Almanac" at ECC's Kruse Main Hall music room (noon) the Iowa Falls Boat Club (7 pm).
Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 pm – Iowa River float, meet at the Iowa Falls Boat Club. Contact the Boat Club at 641-648-9517 to reserve your canoe or kayak.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 pm – Documentary "Green Fire," about Aldo Leopold shown at Ellsworth Community College (Kruse Main Hall).
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30 pm – Panel discussion with special speakers at Ellsworth Community College (Dale Howard Family Activity Center, room 103).
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 pm – Discussion of "A Sand County Almanac" at the Iowa Falls Boat Club.
Getting a copy of the book
Copies of A Sand County Almanac are located at the ECC Osgood Library and the Robert W. Barlow Public Library in Iowa Falls; the ECC library also has a copy of the “Green Fire” movie. There are many other books and movies that cover the topics of nature and conservation available at both libraries. On the EBSCO database there is an Ebook version of A Companion to A Sand County Almanac and also an Audiobook of A Sand County Almanac. The ECC library also has a three audio CD set of A Sand County Almanac.
Additionally, there are many other books and videos available at both libraries about conservation and wildlife.
http://aldoleopold.org/ – The Aldo Leopold Center Foundation website
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/ – The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.
http://www.iowafalls.lib.ia.us/ – Robert W. Barlow Library, Iowa Falls
http://www.hardincountyconservation.com/ – Hardin County Conservation
About the One Book project
The One Book project, an idea originated by the Washington Center for the Book, is an opportunity for communities to read and discuss a book together. Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA, has formed partnerships with the Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library in Iowa Falls, Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library, and groups and organizations in the surrounding communities, such as the American Legion, Hardin County Recreational Trails, and Iowa Valley Continuing Education. The One Book partnership strives to increase interaction among ECC students and local community members. Through discussion groups and activities planned throughout the fall, participants will develop knowledge and understanding about various people and cultures, as well as increasing overall literacy and joy of reading.
Academically, ECC faculty pair book topics with classroom projects and discussions. The Barlow and Doane Libraries include the One Book title in their monthly book discussions. Movies, lectures, panel discussions, and other activities are open to both students and any interested readers, both on the ECC campus and at the public libraries, as well other venues throughout the community.
For more information
For more information about the One Book Project at Ellsworth Community College, contact Michael Rottink, ECC English instructor.