Project: LEARN’s BookShelf Stores Supporting One Book, One Community


Medina County District Library and Wadsworth Public Library, in cooperation with United Way of Medina County, are once again sponsoring the One Book, One Community program in 2018. This year, every sixth grade student in the county will receive a copy of the book “The Seventh Most Important Thing,” by Shelley Pearsall, and the author will visit in September to discuss the book with students and community members.

Project: LEARN’s BookShelf stores are offering the book for sale in all three locations, for $7.99 plus tax. We encourage everyone in the community to read this engaging tale:

The story introduces us to Arthur, a 13-year-old boy who makes a poor choice and must do community service. He is ordered to collect junk off the streets for a local character called the Junk Man. The Junk Man is misunderstood – he’s an artistic genius who could use a good friend. The Seventh Most Important Thing is a powerful story of transformation, friendship and art. It is based on artist James Hampton, whose work is in the Smithsonian Museum.

Through the One Book, One Community program, every 6th grade student in Medina County will receive a copy of this title. The author, Shelley Pearsall, will be at Medina Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00pm to talk to the community about this book.

“Written in a homespun style that reflects the simple components of the artwork, the story guides readers along with Arthur to an understanding of the most important things in life. Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Pearsall has struck just the right tone by imbuing her well-rounded, interesting characters with authentic voices and pacing the action perfectly. Excellent.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Medina County students and adults enjoyed previous community reads Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Please join the county’s sixth grade classes and read the new selection!

“A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.”

– Norman Cousins


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