Community program

Action Read One Book, One Community returns to Guelph

This year, the committee selected a wonderful book called “Homes: A Refugee Story”

Action Read is pleased to donate One Book, One Community (OBOC) to the City of Guelph for the second year! OBOC supports reading, celebrates books and writing, promotes Canadian writers and creates a sense of community through the shared experience of reading.

OBOC encourages people to read the same book, discuss it, attend one or more events and meet the author. The OBOC program is a great fit for Action Read, an organization with a long and proud history of promoting literacy and essential skills in our community.

This year, the Action Read OBOC committee has selected a magnificent book entitled Houses: a story of refugees, co-written by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and his literacy tutor Winnie Yeung. We are convinced that our selection will resonate with Action Read and the community at large.

Homes is a short, easy-to-read book that explores the experience of a young man leaving Syria during the war and settling in Canada. It’s an incredible story, full of rich and touching details about different cultures and families.

Action Read has planned several online activities (on Zoom) to explore this special book. We would like to invite volunteers, learners and members of the Guelph community to participate in ONE or ALL of the following activities. These can be great for tutor-learner pairs to do together; for families; book clubs; or you can participate alone. The activities are as follows:

1. Read and discuss! Action Read has many copies of Homes available for borrowing, where they are
available for purchase at the library ( The Action Read Adult Literacy Book Club recently started reading and discussing the book together. Author Winnie Yeung has also developed an educational guide, of which we have several copies.

2. Come to our “Meet the Author” event on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 pm. Hear firsthand why Winnie Yeung wrote the book and what she learned while doing it. Call us to get the link!

3. Take part in our “Using History to Develop Literacy” workshop on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm. Get tips, strategies and ideas on how to use journaling and autobiography to develop language and literacy skills, and to find your voice. Action Read ‘Coming from the Heart’ creative writing teacher and Indigenous community leader Jan Sherman will lead this workshop.

4. Participate in a roundtable on “Supporting New Canadians in Our Community”. The date is tentatively set for Thursday, November 18.

To join an activity or get more information, contact us at [email protected] or 519-836-2759, and we’ll send you the Zoom link. We will also provide information and assistance on how to use Zoom if needed.

Also check for updates on the Action Read blog and on social media.