One Read Livingston County officially begins this Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the Livingston County Courthouse.

The Friends of the Livingston County Library invite the public to attend this event. Attendees will have the opportunity to become members of the Friends of the Library and, with the assistance of several well-known community members, will get to see this year's selection, "To Kill a Mockingbird," come to life.

The goal of the 'One Read' program is to encourage community members to have a shared experience through reading one classic piece of literature at the same time, said Library Director Robin Westphal. A broader goal is to foster and promote reading in general. This is the first year for this event supported by the Friends of the Livingston County Library.

Several events are planned for this month-long program including guest speaker attorney Sean O'Brien. O'Brien is a full-time professor at UMKC School of Law and director of the Midwest Innocence Project. O'Brien has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Missouri Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award and the ACLU Civil Liberties Award. He also won the Ross Essay contest sponsored by the American Bar Association. He will discussing his experience with cases like the one depicted in "To Kill a Mockingbird." O'Brien's program will be Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at the Livingston County Library.

One Read Livingston County is sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston County Library and the kickoff event on March 10, will also serve as a membership event for the group.

"You don't have to be Friends member to attend this event, but if you join the Friends you'll get a free copy of the book and support the Library at the same time," stated Friends President Kris Daniel.

A membership to the Friends of the Library starts at $5 for seniors and students and there are several levels of membership beyond that. Membership forms will be available at the kickoff event and are also available at the Livingston County Library. The Friends of the Library support programs and services of the Library, including Boofest. The Friends also assist in paying for several online programs including, Mango Languages, a language learning tool and Overdrive, downloadable books and audiobooks. Friends members also get first access to books at the annual book sale during a Friends Preview Sale.

For more information about these programs or the Friends, please contact the Library at 646-0547.