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.

Related Events

Found Art - Creative Expressions

September 4 at 4:00pm 
Ages 12-18

Participants will explore the transformative power of art by constructing a ‘found art’ project. Everyday objects such as cardboard, pieces of wood, coffee cans, and mirrors -- things that by themselves appear to be “junk” -- can create meaning. Tap into your imagination and see what you’ll find.

Not a Box

September 6 at 6:30pm
Ages 3-10

When is a box not a box? When it is a car, a spaceship, a boat, a plane, or train. In fact it can be anything you want it to be. We will read the bookNot a Boxalong with other books about boxes and then see what our imaginations can do with some library provided boxes. Don’t miss this journey into creativity!

What's Your Message? - Tween Scene

September 13 at 4:00pm 
Ages 9-14

“Fear Not” - they are simple words, but in the book, “The Seventh Most Important Thing”, they are words to live by. No doubt, words are powerful. In this hour, you will discover what YOUR message would be. In true folk art form, you will use your chosen words to make a magical masterpiece that illustrates the beauty that lives inside of us all.

Community Book Discussion - The Seventh Most Important Thing

September 19 at 6:30pm
All Ages Welcome

Join us to discuss The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. This middle grade novel is an American Library Association Notable Book, a Kirkus Reviews "Best Books of the Year," and a Choose to Read Ohio title. Shelley Pearsall lives here in Northeast Ohio and is very excited to have her book chosen as our community read. Join us for a community discussion. Come with your thoughts on the book and how it impacted you; we'll also be prepared with questions and discussion starters.

One Book One Community Art Scavenger Hunt

September 24 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
All Ages Welcome

Art can be found just about anywhere if you take the time to look for it! Bring the family and join us for an Art Scavenger Hunt in the Library. Each team will set off on an adventure throughout the Library in search of clues. At each clue you will find a different material you can use to create your masterpiece. Once you have found each clue, you and your team will put them together and make art - what will you create?

Author Visit, 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