One Book, One Village 2021

One Book One village 2021 Braiding Sweetgrass

Read the book all of Arlington Heights is talking about - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. One Book, One Village (OBOV), now in its eighth year, invites the community to read the same book at the same time and share in the experience through related programs and book discussions. 

Copies of Braiding Sweetgrass are now available for checkout at the library, at the Senior Center, on the bookmobile or online on ​cloudLibrary. Holds can be picked up on the bookmobile, at the drive-up window or inside the library on the hold shelves. Selected passages are available in large type. Young readers can also check out the following books to learn more about Indigenous culture and traditions: Fry Bread (kids)Ancestor Approved (tweens) and This Place: 150 Years Retold (teens).

OBOV 2021 will culminate with a virtual visit by the author on Thursday, October 21, 7-8:30 p.m. This event will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) and closed-captioning will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Click here to register for this special online event.



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Braiding Sweetgrass is an inspiring collection of essays about the natural world that weaves together Indigenous wisdom, plant science and personal

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. In addition to Braiding

Are there practical insights and wisdom you will take away from this book and incorporate into your everyday life? Was there anything you learned from

Discuss Braiding Sweetgrass with your own book group. We have sets of books available for checkout. 

Want to dig deeper into the themes behind Braiding Sweetgrass? Explore these resources:

Native Voices in Contemporary Culture

The library is in the process of developing a Native Land Acknowledgement, and we look forward to working with community partners to create this