North Port City employees discuss One Book One Community

North Port, Florida – On Friday, February 8, 2013, the City of North Port participated in the One Book One Community program by hosting a book discussion for its employees.

The discussion took place at City Hall during the employee’s lunch break. The book discussion was optional, and a handful of employees participated in their own time.

Readers from across Sarasota County selected Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand as the One Book One Community book of the year. Unbroken has spent nearly 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, been hailed by TIME Magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year and has won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.

The book tells the true story Louis Zamperini, who has led an incredible life. Zamperini competed on the 1936 US Olympic Track Team in Berlin, crashed his Army Air Force bomber into the Pacific Ocean during WWII, was lost at sea for 47 days, and served time as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Since 2003, Sarasota County Libraries and the One Book One Community supporting organizations have annually promoted a popular read-together project that engages the community in discussion. Look on the One Book, One Community web site,, for a calendar of events featuring discussions and programs about “Unbroken” at the nine Sarasota County public libraries and participating One Book partners.

Community partners include the City of North Port, local high schools, New College of Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Community Center, and area bookstores.

About the City of North Port

For those who enjoy being part of an up-and-coming, accessible community, the City of North Port is located in Sarasota County between Tampa and Fort Myers. As part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area, North Port boasts more than 58,000 residents with a median age of 40. The City spans an estimated 104 square miles and is only 24 percent built out. North Port is known for its unique natural environment and its youthful population. For more information, visit

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