One Book One Beaverton

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What if all of Beaverton read the same book?

One Book, One Beaverton, Beaverton City Library’s annual community-wide reading event, is back!

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s title is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, one of America’s most dedicated civil rights lawyers and social justice activists. Just Mercy is a moving memoir and riveting exposé about our deeply flawed criminal justice system and one man’s fight to defend our country’s most vulnerable and poor.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE (it’s fun and easy!) 

1. Pick up your free copy of Just Mercy at Beaverton City Library Main or the Murray Scholls branch beginning Nov. 14, 2020 (while supplies last).

2. Read the book! Read it twice! Pass it along to someone else to read!

3. During the month of January 2021, attend free virtual library programs that explore themes from the book.

4. Attend a virtual library book discussion.

5. Discuss the book with friends, family, and your community at large.

6. Attend the virtual closing keynote event with Bobbin Singh, Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, on Saturday, Jan. 30.

7. Feel connected your community!


In conjunction with Write Around Portland, Beaverton City Library is hosting a journal drive to support writing workshops held in Oregon Correctional Facilities. Write Around Portland is a local non-profit that offers free writing workshops to adults and youth who have limited access to community writing events and classes. 

During the month of January, the library will be accepting donations of blank writing journals and composition books at the main library. You may drop your donation off in the blue plastic collection box located outside of the front doors of the main library (12375 SW 5th St.). The donation receptacle will only be available during our open hours

Thank you so much for helping support the important work that Write Around Portland does in our regional correctional facilities! 


Closing Keynote with Bobbin Singh, Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center

SAT JAN 30 | 7 PM

Join us for the culminating event of One Book, One Beaverton: an evening with Bobbin Singh, founding Executive Director of Oregon Justice Resource Center. Mr. Singh will share his expertise on many of the issues addressed by Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy, focusing on the troubling history of mass incarceration and its link with white supremacy and racial subjugation. Question and Answer will follow.

This event requires registration. Register here or call 503-644-2197, option 2. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link by email prior to the event.

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PLEASE NOTE: ALL EVENTS REQUIRE REGISTRATION and will be held virtually over Zoom. To register, visit, call 503-644-2197, option 2, or click the "Register" link beside the event below. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link by email prior to the event.

MON JAN 11 | 6-7 PM: Song Circle: Songs of Social Justice (Register)

Celebrate One Book, One Beaverton and Just Mercy with songs of social justice at this special edition of our Song Circle. We will sing and play 9-10 songs together virtually. Chords and lyrics will be provided. 

THURS JAN 14 | 6:30-7:30 PM: The Death Penalty in Oregon (Register)

Aliza Kaplan, Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School and Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, will share her expertise about the history of the death penalty in Oregon, recent changes, and the current status of the law.

SAT JAN 16 | 7-8 PM: Mercy Me! True Stories of Justice, Mercy, and Redemption (Told Live!) (Register)

Join us for night of true stories told live on a virtual stage, featuring national storytellers Tim Tingle and Chetter Galloway, and local tellers Cynthia Butts and Mike Devenney.

TUES JAN 19 | 6:30-8 PM: Memoir Writing Workshop 

Don’t throw away your shot to record history—as participant or witness. Explore how memoir is different from autobiography and nonfiction, learn how selected memoirs, like Just Mercy, have preserved events in history, and write a short description of one of your own "historical moments." Facilitated by Dr. Susan Swartwout, author and founder of Southeast Missouri State University Press. (Register)

WED JAN 20 | 6-7:30 PM: Race and Oregon History (Register)

Alexis James of Construct the Present will help us explore Oregon’s racially biased history and engage with the community in healing and building bridges. Participants can expect to learn, connect, and speak their truth in a space that is welcoming and rigorous.

SAT JAN 23 | 6-7:30 PM: Working for Change: A Panel of Local Advocates for Justice and Equality (Register)

Representatives from local nonprofits working in the area of criminal justice reform will share about the important work they do and ways you can get involved. Featuring the Partnership for Safety and Justice, Women’s Justice Project, Write Around Portland, the Forensic Justice Project, and the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon. 

WED JAN 27 | 6-7:30 PM: White Allyship (Register)

What does it mean to be a white ally? And what does it mean to have the support of white allies as a person of color? What is needed from white people in our communities to focus on the conversation about racism? Facilitator Alexis James will guide participants in exploring their identities, learning how to acknowledge different lived experiences without alienating friends and neighbors, and moving toward action in their own communities. This conversation will set the table for engaging in discussions about racism, white culture, and identity. People of all racial backgrounds and identities are welcome!


Join us for one of four book discussions of Just Mercy facilitated by library staff.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL BOOK DISCUSSIONS REQUIRE REGISTRATION and will be held virtually over Zoom. To register, visit, call 503-644-2197, option 2, or click the "Register" link beside the event below. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link by email prior to the event.

THU JAN 7 | 10-11:15 AM: Murray Scholls Book Group (Register)

WED JAN 13 | 6:30-7:45 PM: Bonus Book Discussion (Register)

TUES JAN 19 | 6-7 PM: Teen Book Discussion (Please note: this event is for young adults grades 6 to 12.) (Register)

TUE JAN 26 | 6:30-7:45 PM: Recommended Reads Book Group (Register)

Hosting your own book group discussion? Check out these discussion questions to help get you started!

The goals of this program are:

Bring a diverse community of readers together to discover our commonality and celebrate our differences.

Encourage reflection on our place in the wider world and what unites us.

The library would like to thank the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library for their support of the One Book, One Beaverton program.

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