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!

Mansfield Reads! 2017

The Wall Street Journal raves, “Divakaruni emphasizes the cathartic force of storytelling with sumptuous prose. . . . She defies categorization.”

The storytelling in Oleander Girl, the selection for the fourteenth annual Mansfield Reads! event, is of the kind that will be with you long after you have finished turning the pages. A story of family, a daughter’s search across oceans and generations, wrapped in the rich history and beguiling setting of Kolkata, India, Oleander Girl is “a perfect treat of a novel— moving, wise, and unforgettable.” Pick up your copy at the library, join one of the many programs presented in the months of March and April, then come and spend the Evening with the Author.

Oleander Girl Book Covers

An Evening with the Author

April 28, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Mansfield Public Library

104 S. Wisteria

One of the most exciting events in the city!  Sample hors d'oeuvres provided by Savvy's Bistro, hear Ms. Divakaruni speak, then get your books signed during dessert.  This is a free event but reservations are required.  To make your reservation RSVP at