Salem Reads: One Book, One Community

Salem Reads: One Book, One Community is a community-wide reading program that encourages everyone in Salem to read the same book, discuss the topics and enjoy the programs in February 2018.

2018 book selection​—“Outcasts United” by Warren St. John

The Salem Public Library Foundation is proud to announce that Outcasts United by Warren St. John has been chosen for the second Salem Reads program.

The Salem Public Library Foundation chose Outcasts United because the book has many dimensions to spark broad community engagement, including: youth soccer, cultural diversity and inclusion, and welcoming refugees who have fled violence and persecution.

Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference is the story of refugees seeking new lives as they are resettled among residents of a small town, Clarkston, Georgia. Set against the backdrop of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals, Outcast United is the stunning real-life story of an inspiring group of refugees and a woman who, with tough love and fiery determination, changes an entire community for the better.

​How to get a copy and connect

Multiple copies of Outcasts United are now available from the library in print, audio, and book club kits. Book kits can be checked out for book clubs and school class room discussions. If you would like to purchase a copy, they are available at Friends of the Salem Public Library Book Store and other local book sellers.

Friends of Salem Public Library and the Library Advisory Board have pledged to support Salem Reads with volunteers and promotional efforts. Salem Public Library has also committed its support, and has scheduled February 2018 programming for teens and adults to be focused on the themes of the book.

Join our community in reading this inspiring book and enjoying the related programs.



Discussions, events, programming, and the author visit will take place during February 2018. Watch for updates from the Salem Public Library Foundation.