One Community Three Books

The Round Rock Public Library and the Friends of the Library present One Community, Three Books—Round Rock Unites Through Reading, a community-wide reading program, March 21 through April 30, 2022. The goal of the program is to foster a community experience through reading, conversations, and programs.

Participants are invited to read at least one of three books: We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza; What Unites Us by Dan Rather; and Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman.

All three books and planned events were chosen to address the breakdown in kindness and civility we’ve all witnessed in recent times. How should we disagree while still being good neighbors? Let’s discuss!

One Community, Three Books Events


We Are Not Like Them: A Novel

"Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event--a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives."


What Unites Us

"At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on--and writing passionately about--what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded."


Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

"A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century. Includes afterword and author's sources."

The Children's desk has two “library use only” copies so parents have the opportunity to read the picture book in the library with their children.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a relief grant to Humanities Texas (Grant #2021-6382).* (2021)

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