OBOC Board Members

“Over the last seven years, Auburn’s OBOC has brought the community together to read, listen, discuss, and learn about issues both current and historic. The books and activities have helped us to better understand our past and to reflect upon our current affairs. I love being a part of the OBOC team.”
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Bart O’BrienRetired PUHSD Superintendent & OBOC Chairperson
“One Book One Community’s selection of books has encouraged the Auburn community to discuss human experiences, allowing the community members to connect on basic levels of desire and emotion.”

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Steve GrundmeierEducator

“Reading is a psycho-physio-chemical exercise that keeps our minds active and healthy. When we read a common book, and then share our thoughts with others who have done the same, those health benefits are multiplied almost immeasurably.”

Joe MedierosSierra College Press Editor-in-Chief

“The OBOC series is a rite of spring for many in our Sierra foothill community. Each year, it’s a pleasure to welcome new and returning OBOC fans who gather to join in conversation, revealing the collective meaning from a common read. Join your neighbors at these events that celebrate story, place and community.”

Gregg RamsethPUHSD Director of Technology & Assessment

“As a Rotarian and retired educator I consider it a privilege to serve as member of the Auburn One Book One Community Board. It amazes me that each year this collaborative group representing a cross section of literacy advocates gathers to review, discuss, select and plan the events celebrating a chosen publication.”

Ronald MartinezEducator

“You may be a member of a book club, you may be students, parents or staff of our schools, you may be a member of public radio, or a member of a service club.  No matter your affiliation, we are all one community brought together by books.”

Jeff TookerPUHSD Deputy Superintendent

“Reading enhances my daily life.  The opportunity to share a book with my fellow community members followed by discussions of finding common ground of thought and differences of opinion is a gift to all of us.”

Paula AmerineRetired Educator & Artist

“Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lesott

Suzanne PayneAuburn Library Senior Librarian
Mary ClearyEducator