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NOTE: This web page has been preserved solely as a record of the 2005 "One County, One Book" program. All local events referred to on this page are no longer active.

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A County Wide
Reading Project:
Rocket Boys

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About the Author
(with Homer Hickam's
Letter to the Readers
of Beaufort County)


 
About One County One Book
     

In 1996, two librarians in Seattle Washington launched their idea of everyone in city reading the same book. Since this first program, over 50 cities, counties, or states have begun programs to encourage communities to read the same book at the same time and then to discuss it in numerous venues.

 

Portrait of Homer Hickam
Homer Hickam

Beaufort County Public Library System began its own program,One County One Book, with events in March, April and May 2003. Pat Conroy's The Water Is Wide was selected by a group of librarians and citizens as the first title in this community project. Criteria for selecting a title included availability in paperback and film, author's other works and national reputation , themes and subject matter that make for good discussion and programming, and reading interest of the community.

The committee for the 2005 One County, One Book series has chosen Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys. Criteria for selecting a title included availability in paperback and film, author's other works and national reputation , themes and subject matter that make for good discussion and programming, and reading interest of the community. Moreover, the film version of the book, October Sky, was a success with both audiences and critics when released in 1999.

From April through May of this year, various public library locations
will offer programs in their communities to be announced on this Web site. Local bookstores, theaters, and book clubs will also participate in this project.

Local Connections to Rocket Boys Author!
St. Helena’s Shane Smith “Knew Hickam When”!

Participants are encouraged to:
  • Buy a copy of the book at a local bookstore, especially if they like to write, highlight or mark passages in what they're reading.

  • Attend reading and discussion groups as advertised in local media and at their public library.

  • Spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers about this community-wide reading project.
 

  • Check out any available copies at their nearest branch library of the Public Library system.

  • Attend a screening of the film version of the book.

  • Attend any programs sponsored or cosponsored by the library for this project.

  • Provide feedback for the next reading project.
     

About the Book

Book cover of "Rocket Boys"


 
Facsmilie of proclamation document  

Read
the
"Rocket
Boys"
Proclamation

by
Beaufort
County
Council!

 

 

Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir -- a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears,
of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space ... and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story
of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph -- at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.

(From the publisher)

 
 
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