One Community Reads 2022

A One Community Reads program aims to raise awareness to a community or regional challenge through a book selection that supports community discussion, awareness, and action.  The theme for the inaugural One Community Reads is “Your Own Backyard.”  This year’s theme and book selections focus on the endangered ecosystem of Native Prairies and the importance of pollinators.  A special focus is on the Monarch butterfly and their unique migration that occurs each year as well as the unique home of the honey bee. You are encouraged to read one of the book selections, attend a book discussion or host a discussion among your friends and plan for what you can do in “Your Own Backyard.”  There will be many opportunities to learn more about the Native Prairie and participate in engaging programs and events throughout March and April.

This is not a new challenge in our region and much work has already been done or is in progress to support pollinators, the Monarch migration, and the restoration of the native prairie.  We encourage you to engage with the many community partners who are working to educate and be solution focused around this challenge.  Discover what is already happening in your community and what small things you can do in “Your Own Backyard” to be a solution to this community challenge.

Bicycling with butterflies : my 10,201-mile journey following the monarch migration
by Sara Dykman

An outdoor educator and field researcher recounts her incredible journey following the annual migration of the threatened monarch butterfly by biking with them on a 10,000 mile, round-trip journey through three countries.

The way of the hive : a honey bee’s story
by Jay Hosler

A young honeybee discovers facts about her species’ metamorphosis, the activities of her hive’s queen, the way honey is made and her important role in helping support the planet’s ecosystem.

Señorita Mariposa
by Mister G; illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero

Illustrations and easy-to-read text in English and Spanish follow monarch butterflies on their journey from Canada to Mexico. Includes author’s note on how to help protect monarch butterflies.


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In addition to the copies you can find on the shelf and place a hold on, the Library has multiple copies of Bicycling with Butterflies and The Way of the Hive available for checkout through the Reference Desk.  Please contact the Reference Desk to check on availability.

If physical copies are not available, please note that Bicycling with Butterflies is always available digitally through Hoopla, both as an e-book and as an e-audiobook.

Digital copies of The Way of the Hive can be found through Bridges/OverDrive.

Community Partners

One Community Reads is made possible through funding from the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation.