The 10th anniversary events aim to bring the community together

The Dakota County Heritage Library is working to appeal to more avid readers as well as to those who are simply looking for a new book to read with OneBook, OneLakeville.

OneBook, OneLakeville is a community reading program that promotes discussing and learning from a common book. This year is the program’s 10th anniversary, and the chosen book is “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI” by David Grann.

“Most of the books that we’ve chosen have different levels and different themes,” local author Loretta Ellsworth said.

The true crime book follows dozens of murders in 1920s Oklahoma as well as the investigation of those crimes. The book is divided into three sections which include: the story of the Native American families that were most affected, the FBI agent sent to investigate and the author’s own story.

“In the library we use the word ‘discussable.’ Is the book discussable? It’s something we give to groups because they’ve become such a phenomenon. We also look for books that appeal to multiple ages because we’ve collaborated with the high schools and some of the Advanced Placement teachers,” librarian Luann Phillipich said.

The Heritage Library is celebrating 10 years of good discussions and panels with a cake decorated to reflect the 10 books the library has focused on throughout the years. According to Ellsworth, when the program first began those involved were looking for an event that would help keep the community together as group in the midst of rapid growth and development.

“When we started our first year, we had no idea it was going to become this annual thing and grow so much within the community,” Ellsworth said.

Library staff and community members work with local sponsors to bring the events together. The Lakeville Area Arts Center helps sponsor the events and will showcase historical Native American pictures from the Oklahoma History Center.

“We wanted to see this building bridges between the community and people who may never have a reason to get together except maybe over a book. That’s what our thoughts have been this whole time. … We are always trying to draw people who wouldn’t necessarily come to the library or visit the art center,” Phillipich said.

The events are focused around the three sections of the book. The first event was April 5 and discussed the Native American history in the book. The discussion was led by the chair of the history department at St. Olaf College, Steve Hahn.

The second event features a special FBI agent from the Minneapolis office to discuss investigative priorities and to learn more about the role the FBI played in the book. This event is April 10, 7-8 p.m.

On April 17, 6:30-8 p.m., a panel of journalists will discuss where story ideas come from and how journalists gauge truthfulness in their stories. Panelists include Mary Lahammer of Twin Cities Public Television; the chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, Michael O’Donnell; a writer from the Pioneer Press and moderator David Schultz — a professor at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota.

Those interested in a more traditional discussion group can meet May 1, 30 or June 7 to talk about “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Other events include OneBook Bingo on April 14 and a discussion with the author, David Grann, April 28. This event also features Native American singer-songwriter Annie Humphrey.

All of the events are free and open to the public. The tickets for the discussion with the author have all been claimed, but according to Phillipich, oftentimes seats become available the night of.

The Heritage Library is located at 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville.

More information can be found at https://heritagelibraryfriends.wordpress.com/onebook-onelakeville.

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