One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community is an opportunity for the entire Elmhurst community to read and engage with the same book title during the summer. Three titles were singled out for their quality, readability and potential to inspire thought-provoking discussion while introducing readers to experiences beyond their own. You voted, and your top pick is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Book and program information is below. BONUS: Get an extra raffle entry for the High School and Adult Summer Reading Program if you read the One Book, One Community selection. More info


i am malala book cover imageI Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Yousafzai’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and at 17, was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.


To find out more about upcoming One Book, One Community events, please see below…

Common Connection: TED Talk Conversations About Movements

Join us for a TED Talk viewing and conversation. Each month, watch and discuss two TED Talks about creating change in your community and the world.


Thursday, June 21 • 7-8 p.m. • Admin. Conference Room

What the Gay Rights Movement Learned from the Civil Rights Movement
by Yoruba Richen

This is What LGBT Life is Like Around the World  by Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols

Register online, in person, or by phone.


Thursday, July 19 • 7-8 p.m. • Admin. Conference Room

My Daughter, Malala by Ziauddin Yousafzai

Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls by Leymah Gbowee

Register online, in person, or by phone.


Thursday, Aug. 16 • 7-8 p.m. • Admin. Conference Room

How to Make Peace? Get Angry by Kailash Satyarthi

Fighting with Nonviolence  by Scilla Elworthy

Register online, in person, or by phone.

Common Connection: Film Series

Spend an afternoon at the movies each month expanding your mind with these films. We provide the popcorn. No registration required.


Thursday, June 28 • 2-4:30 p.m. • Large Meeting Room

Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police, and the conservative press, London-based gay people lend their support to striking coal miners in 1984 Wales.
No registration required.

Erin Brockovich

Thursday, July 26 • 2-4:30 p.m. • Large Meeting Room

Erin Brockovich is an American legal clerk and environmental activist, who, despite her lack of formal education in the law, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electrical Company of California in 1993.
No registration required.

North Country

Thursday, Aug. 23 • 2-4:30 p.m. • Large Meeting Room

Single mother Josey Aimes is one of the first women to work at an iron mine in Minnesota. Offended that they have to work with women, male workers at Eveleth Mines lash out at them and subject them to sexual harassment. Appalled by the constant stream of insults and physical abuse, Josey files a historic sexual harassment lawsuit.
No registration required.

Book discussions

Join us! There are two opportunities to discuss the book voted as our One Book, One Community selection. Register for the session that best suits your schedule, and a copy of the book is available when you register.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, July 12 • 7-8:15 p.m. • Gathering Room

Register starting June 2 in person or by phone.

Tuesday, July 17 • 1-2:15 p.m. • Meeting Room B

Register starting June 2 in person or by phone.

For other ways to experience Malala Yousafzai’s story, and for supporting materials, click here.