2019 One Book, One Michiana

March 8, 2019 | By: Communications Staff

The St. Joseph County Public Library’s 2019 One Book, One Michiana includes 45 scheduled events taking place across our community from April 1-30. This year’s One Book title is  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. A beloved science fiction classic this book promises to engage the community in conversation and laughter by bringing people together to read the same book at the same time

A full schedule of events is available online at sjcpl.org/one-book. Featured events include:

Hitchhike to the ExoPlanets

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

University of Notre Dame, Jordan Hall – Digital Visualization Theatre (DVT)

Take a tour beyond our own solar system with Dr. Keith Davis, director of the Notre Dame DVT, as he gives an update on the latest in exoplanet news. Hitchhike through the galaxy to learn about the planets that have been discovered so far.

Science Cafe: The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Monday, April 8, 6:00 p.m.

South Bend Brew Werks, 216 S. Michigan St., South Bend

The galaxy is a mysterious place. Ask a panel of astronomers your burning questions about life and the universe. Beer and food will be available for purchase.


Tuesday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.

Western Branch

Reprogram Marvin, the paranoid android, into your own funny and cool creation using a battery-operated Tin Can Robot kit and crafting supplies. Work in teams of 4-5. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 robots. For ages 10-17.

One Book, One Michiana Brunch Discussion

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.

Francis Branch

Our annual One Book, One Michiana Brunch with Hank Herreman and WNDU’s Tricia Sloma

continues. Join us on an exciting adventure as we guide you through the characters, settings,

and humor behind The Hitchhiker’s Guide. Registration required. Register online or by

calling 574-282-4641.

Vogon Poetry Slam

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 p.m.

River Park Branch

Can you survive the poetry rated by The Hitchhiker’s Guide as the “third worst poetry in the universe”? Take the Deep Thought Quiz on “life, the universe, and everything” to win snacks, prizes, and glory. Note: survival not guaranteed.

Whale and Petunia Pointillism Art Event

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.

Plymouth Public Library

“Ahhhh!!! What’s that coming towards me?” Use pointillism to paint a whale and a petunia plant falling through the sky. Supplies provided. Registration required. Register at the PPL adult circulation desk. For ages 13+.

Full STEAM Ahead: Galactic Edition

Monday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, Bittersweet Branch

Explore the planets in virtual reality and make a Play-Doh alien and set its eyes aglow with Squishy Circuits. Take everyday objects and turn them into interactive touchpads and switches with MakeyMakey™. Registration required. For Grades 4-7.

This year’s book is a beloved science fiction classic. The Hitchhiker’s Guide has endeared itself to many with its humor, whimsy, and insightful reflections on humanity. First published in 1979, the book was originally written as a 12-part radio series for the BBC. It was later adapted into a television series, video game, stage production, and feature film. Adams, who died unexpectedly in 2001, wrote four additional novels for the Hitchhikers series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide is available at all library locations in a variety of formats. Audiobook and eBook versions can be downloaded from sjcpl.org

One Book, One Michiana is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the St. Joseph County Public Library, South Bend Area Genealogical Society, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Teachers Credit Union.

About One Book, One Michiana

The goal of One Book, One Michiana is to unite the community through compelling literature and lively discussion. It is a program that fosters literacy and a lifelong love of reading. Whether books help us to imagine lives unlike our own or bring comfort through a shared experience, we grow and learn as individuals when we read. And when we read together, we can grow and learn from each other. This is the 10th year for One Book, One Michiana. Past book selections have included Devil in A Blue Dress by Walter Mosley, Erin Morgenstein’s The Night Circus, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us.

News Media Contact: Jennifer Henecke, Communications Specialist, j.henecke@sjcpl.org 574-235-4190

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