A County-Wide Initiative

WPL is partnering with Medina County District Library and the United Way of Medina County. Our goal is to bring readers of all ages together around one book to share a common reading experience and meaningful interaction with an author. This year’s read is The Seventh Most Important Thing by Ohio author Shelley Pearsall. It is a powerful story of transformation, friendship, and art.

Patrons of all ages are invited to participate. Reserve your copy now!


About the Book

One kid. One crime. One chance to make things right.

The story of how a random act of violence brings together an angry, thirteen year old boy and a reclusive “Junk Man” in his neighborhood. When the teenager is sentenced to work for the trash picker he injured, he begins to unravel the Junk Man’s surprising secrets. Readers will be uplifted by this powerful tale of friendship, loss, art, and redemption. Can art transform lives? Find out.

About the Author

Shelley Pearsall is the author of six books for middle grade andDSCN2441 (2) teen readers.  Her inspiring and thought-provoking novels are used in classrooms nationwide, and she is a popular school speaker.  Prior to becoming a full-time author, Shelley was a teacher in the public schools, as well as working in the education departments of several parks and history museums where she created museum theater programs.  She has a B.A. from The College of Wooster and M.Ed. from John Carroll University. Read more.

Save the Date, September 25

To celebrate the connection of the community, author Shelley Pearsall will be visiting Medina County to meet fans and discuss the book. 7 p.m. at the Medina Performing Arts Center