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Editorial: One Book effort deserved recognition

At first glance it might seem strange to give an award focused on innovation to a program like One Book One Rosemount, the monthlong effort to bring Rosemount residents together around a good book. It was a good program, and it was well received when it was launched last summer. But communitywide reading programs have been done many times before.

There was more to One Book One Rosemount than just encouraging 20,000-plus people to read the same book, though. The program is one example of the work being done by a group of Rosemount leaders who have been meeting for more than a year to talk about ways to make the city a better place.

What is unique about One Book One Rosemount is the way it drew together many parts of the community. The city was involved. The Dakota County Library played a role. So did Rosemount churches. Even Taco John's took part. That is a lot of cooperation, and it's something we're happy to see.

The One Book One Rosemount project took shape because a group of city and school officials, church leaders and others from the business community got together and started talking. The group's goal is to unite disparate elements of the community to share knowledge and inspiration in the name of improving the quality of life in Rosemount. One Book One Rosemount is the first major activity to come from the group, but the simple fact the group exists and continues to meet on a regular basis is encouraging. There are plenty of capable people out there, and getting them together to talk on a regular basis can only lead to good things. It can generate new opportunities, or help find ways to make old activities better.

Rosemount will continue to grow in the years ahead, and the kind of communication and cooperation that went into One Book One Rosemount will become increasingly important if the city wants to maintain the small-town atmosphere so many people say they enjoy.

One Book One Rosemount at its core was perhaps not the most innovative program around, but the way it was put together was certainly worthy of recognition. We hope to see more such programs in the future.