Mansfield Reads!

Mansfield Reads! One City One Book

Mansfield Reads! One City, One Book is a community wide reading event that encourages all the citizens of Mansfield to read the same book at the same time. The goals of the program are to promote awareness of the library and foster a sense of community through reading. It is based on a program started in Seattle in 1998 which has spread across the country into many communities large and small. In 2003, with a lot of help from Nancy Pearl at the Seattle library and very little idea of how much work it would actually take, the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library and the library staff decided that Mansfield was the perfect size to launch this type of program. So with the idea of using the inaugural program to celebrate the library's 75th year of service, Mansfield Reads! was introduced to the community in April 2004 and it has been a resounding success every year since.

Mansfield Reads! books

How does Mansfield Reads! work?

In the month of April everyone in the community is encouraged to read the same book at the same time. The Friends and the Library sponsor many events, programs and activities in conjunction with reading the book. Public dialogue and discussion of the book is encouraged as a way to open conversation between all members of the community. Everyone gets to share a good book!


Planning is already underway for April 2019. If you:

  • Have comments about this year's program or suggestions for next year,
  • Want to suggest a book or an author for future Mansfield Reads! programs,
  • Would like to volunteer and be a part of the exciting planning that goes into this event,
  • Want to become a sponsor of Mansfield Reads! or the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library,

Please email the Friends at [email protected] or visit