Community Reads

The Simi Valley Public Library is happy to announce its first annual Community Reads! Sometimes also called ‘One Story One City’ or ‘One Book One City’, Community Reads are an opportunity for the community to come together around a singular book. That book can be fiction or non-fiction and while it can be about almost any subject, books are carefully chosen because of some significance; that significance can be because of a certain theme in the book, because of a strong connection to current events, or even a historical connection to the community for which the book is chosen.

The book that’s been chosen for our very first Community Reads is Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman. Seedfolks is a story of togetherness and community, where characters learn about each other while they work together to create something beautiful, a garden, in the center of their community. This is a story that spans all different cultures, ethnicities, and ages.

How can I get a copy?

Discussion groups will be given 3 copies to share with your group.

Copies are also available at our library; please call ahead at (805)-526-1735 to let us know if you’re interested in checking out a copy. You can also borrow a copy digitally through CloudLibrary, or purchase a copy whether it be physical or digital via Amazon.


Our Community Reads will be from September 12th through October 17th, and copies of Seedfolks will be provided to community groups hoping to participate! The library will also be offering programming related to Seedfolks, including a discussion with the author himself, Paul Fleischman, on October 17th.

Are you hoping to be one of our discussion leaders, leading a discussion about Seedfolks for a group or organization in our community? Find out how you and your group can participate with our discussion leader commitment sheet.

Are you looking for a place to start your discussion? Try some of these discussion questions to get started.


For questions about our Community Read, please reach out to [email protected], or call (805)-526-1735. If you have questions that you would like to ask author Paul Fleischman, you can send them to [email protected]

Also, visit the author’s website for more information about Seedfolks, and other great stories that he’s written.

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