One Book, One Community

Coastal Carolina Community College and Onslow County Public Library are excited to come together to host a One Book, One Community yearlong program of events centered around a common book and theme.

The book selected for 2019-2020 is Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin. The author tells his incredible story living as a refugee in war-torn Somalia and his extraordinary journey to come to America to live in peace, work hard, and most importantly, become an American citizen. Our hope is that each community member who connects with Abdi's story will be inspired to embrace their own personal journey. 

View the Coastal Carolina Community College OBOC Website Here!

Upcoming OBOC Library Events

Book clubs
Each of our book clubs will be taking turns discussing “Call Me American.”
OCPL Online Book Club - October 2019
Jacksonville - Jan 28, 2020; 1pm
Richlands Book Club - Feb 27, 2020; 5pm
Sneads Ferry Book Club - April 17 2020; 1:30pm

Citizenship 101 with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Learn about the naturalization process and filling out your application, interview tips, eligibility requirements, case processing times and much more at this information session.
Jacksonville: Dec 12; 6:30pm

The Refugee Experience 
Paul Kyubwa will be sharing his amazing personal journey as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and how he came to settle locally in North Carolina.
Jacksonville: Jan 30; 6:30pm

OBOC Movie Club 
Movies transport us to new worlds! Abdi Nor Iftin escaped war torn Somalia - first by movies and years later with a green card. Join us as we view and discuss movies related to the book “Call Me American.”
Jacksonville: Feb 6, 13, and 27; 6:30pm

Conversation Circles
Stop by the Jacksonville/Main Branch Library on Mondays to make connections and practice conversational English. Conversation circles are a great way to learn about different cultures, meet new people and have fun.
Jacksonville: January - March, Mondays, 10:30am & 6:30pm

Food Fest
Celebrate the friendships made in Conversation Circle with foods from around the world. Bring a dish to share and an appetite for adventure!
Jacksonville: March 30; 10:30am & 6:30pm

Author Visit & Book Signing
Abdi Nor Iftin will be joining us at the Bodenhamer Auditorium or Northside High School Auditorium. Join us as Abdi Nor Iftin will be discusses his journey, his book, and his life!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

     Bodenhamer Auditorium - Coastal Carolina Community College
          2pm - Presentation
          3pm - Book Signing

     Northside High School Auditorium
          7pm - Presentation
          8pm - Book Signing