One Book One Community 2020

Orphan Train by Christina Baker KlineArea readers are invited to board 2020’s One Book One Community offering. Orphan Train, a novel by Christina Baker Kline, has been selected as the latest in a distinguished series that connects readers of all ages. Kline will speak on March 26 at Union Avenue United Methodist Church and will visit area schools on March 27.

Our next program:

Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m., “Child of Steam – Alliance’s Birth at The Crossing” at Rodman Public Library Auditorium in conjunction with the Alliance Historical Society
Robb Hyde, Past President of the Alliance Area Preservation Society and member of the Alliance Historical Society will give a presentation on the early days of the railroads in Northeast Ohio and the founding of Alliance, Ohio. The title of the program comes from Levi L. Lamborn, one of founding fathers of the city, who wrote in 1873 that Alliance was “an offspring of the locomotive, a legitimate child of steam” in his History of Lexington Township.

Kline’s book tells a fictional story that takes place on the real-life “orphan trains” of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These locomotives carried abandoned children from the East Coast to regular stops throughout America’s heartland, where they would be adopted by families both cruel and kind. In the novel, an Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly, is a passenger aboard one of these trains. Her adoption experiences include long shifts in a sweatshop and mistreatment by an impoverished farm family. As an adult, Daly lives in Maine, where her past is uncovered by a contemporary teen, Molly Ayer, who is having her own challenges in the modern foster care system.

Kline’s website notes that 3.5 million copies of Orphan Train are in print, and that the novel is an international bestseller published in 40 countries. It spent five weeks at the top of The New York Times bestseller list, and remained on the list for more than two years. 

Other programs:

  • Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m., at Rodman Public Library "Genealogy: Discovering Your Family History" at Rodman Public Library Auditorium in conjunction with the Alliance Historical Society
    Join Michelle Dillon, president of the Alliance Historical Society, and learn how to discover your family history through genealogy. She will explain how to get started, where to find the genealogy databases offered on the Rodman Library website, and tips for basic searching.  Michelle will also discuss how genealogy has grown to become one of the most popular hobbies today.


Additionally, residents will be invited to share their own inter-generational stories through StoryCorps, a national organization that works to preserve and share oral history. The community will have opportunities to record StoryCorps segments at Rodman Public Library from 6-8 p.m. on January 21, February 17 and March 16; and from 3-5 p.m. on January 23, February 19 and March 17. 

Books will be available for purchase at Rodman Public Library and Rodman Branch Library and the University of Mount Union bookstore. Cost is $10.00 each. For more information, visit One Book One Community Alliance Ohio on Facebook, @AllianceOBOC on Twitter, or