One Book Belgrade

One Book Belgrade

One Book Belgrade aims to foster community connections in Belgrade by bringing people together to read. It is also the annual Adult Winter Reading Program at the Belgrade Community Library and will hopefully become something the community looks forward to year after year.

2024 Selection: A Shadow in Moscow by Katherine Reay

Step into the world of Cold War espionage. This year's One Book Belgrade novel is A Shadow in Moscow by Katherine Reay - a historical fiction novel based around female spies during the Cold War. A betrayal at the highest level risks the lives of two courageous female spies: MI6’s best Soviet spy and the CIA’s newest Moscow recruit. As the KGB closes in, a compromise must be struck if either woman hopes to survive.A Shadow in Moscow book cover

The library will be hosting a number of related events to tie-in with the book during January & February, which will cumulate in a Meet the Author Event on Feb 15 with Katherine Reay at the Holiday Inn in Belgrade.

Thank you to this year's program sponsor, Martel Construction, for sponsoring the program series.

How to Get a Copy

The library has a number of copies available for a two-week period! Please pick up and return the book directly to the Belgrade Community Library. It is also available on Libby as an audiobook.

Adult Winter Reading

Pick up a paper reading log in the library. If you read at least 5 books between January and February, you'll be entered to win a gift card to a local business! Multiple logs can be submitted with no repeat books. Audiobooks, graphic novels, and e-books all count towards the goal as long as they have at least 150 pages. Reading A Shadow in Moscow will count as an additional entry!

All logs must be submitted by February 29 to be eligible for prizes. Prizes are gift certificates to: The Mint, Murdoch's, Kenyon Noble, Chalet Market, and Bob Wards.

Tie-In Programs

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Adult Crafternoon LIVE!

Thursday, January 11th 3-4:30pm

Pat Hamlin of Bozeman Art Museum will lead us in recreating art by Gustav Klimt with faux gold leafing. RSVP for a spot in the class, which will be limited to 24 participants.

This Adult Crafternoon is funded by Martel Construction.

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Teen Spy Breakout Box Night

Tuesday, January 16th 5-6:30pm

Our One Book Belgrade read has lots of spy and secret message themes. Can you puzzle your way through a spy-themed breakout box?! (What's a breakout box? Think escape room-inspired clues, thinking, locks and more!) 

 Sign-up at Teen Spy Breakout Box Night and find out!

Sub sandwiches will be served for dinner, and game play will start by 5:15 PM.

Who: Teens (ages 12-18/grades 6-12)
Where: Belgrade Community Library community room

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Gallatin Women at War: At Home & Abroad

Thursday, January 18th 6-7:30pm

Women have played a significant role in the war effort throughout the decades. From victory gardens and operating telephones to becoming Airforce Service Pilots, Rachel Philips of the Gallatin County Historical Society will talk about the stories of Gallatin County women helping both on the home front and the front line. This presentation is in collaboration with OLLI @ MSU.

RSVP recommended through the OLLI @ MSU Website. To register, create a free account through the OLLI website (click "Log On" or "Create Account" near the top of the page. 

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Code Names Game Night

Friday, January 19th 5-6:30PM Families
Friday, January 26th 6-7:30PM Adults

Want to bring your espionage skills to life? Come and play the popular board game Codenames with us!

The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first, while avoiding assassination!

We will be hosting two sessions of gameplay - one for families and one for adults. You do not need to know how to play prior to the night.

🍕 Pizza will be served, so sign up now to secure your spot and ensure we order enough for everyone! 🍕

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4th Thursday Book Club

Thursday, January 25th 6:30-7:45pm

Join the 4th Thursday Book Club as they discuss A Shadow in Moscow.

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Codebreaking Technology in WWII

Thursday, February 1st 6-7:30pm

Barbara Keremedjiev with the American Computer and Robotics Museum will discuss Enigma codebreaking technology during WWII, which allowed Allied powers to decipher German encryptions. This presentation is in collaboration with OLLI @ MSU.

RSVP recommended through the OLLI @ MSU Website. To register, create a free account through the OLLI website (click "Log On" or "Create Account" near the top of the page.

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Kids Science Club

Friday, February 2nd 2:30-4pm

Ms. Serena will lead kids (grades K-6) through some spy-themed, hidden message science activities. Sign-up online required.

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Teen Nesting Doll Craft Kit

Tuesday, February 6th All Day

Teens (ages 12-18/grades 6-12) are invited to pick up craft kits for painting custom Russian nesting doll sets, in line with the book's Russian influences! Available while supplies last.

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Across the Iron Curtain by Motorboat

Thursday, February 8th 6-7:30pm

Red Star over the Black Sea tells the story of Nâzım Hikmet and his generation. Nâzım Hikmet (1902-1963) is best known as a poet and communist whose daring flight by motorboat from Turkey to the Eastern Bloc captured international headlines in 1951. Considered one of the most important poets to have ever written in the Turkish language, Nâzım Hikmet's dramatic life not only constitutes a great story but also tells us something about the nature of the 20th century. This presentation is in collaboration with OLLI @ MSU.

RSVP recommended through the OLLI @ MSU Website. To register, create a free account through the OLLI website (click "Log On" or "Create Account" near the top of the page.

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Kid's Art Club

Friday, February 9th 2:30-4pm

Ms. Margaret will lead kids (grades K-6) through creating Zentangle drawings featuring hidden images during an early release Friday. Sign-up online required.

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Meet the Author with Katherine Ready

Thursday, February 15th 6-7:30PM at the Holiday Inn, Belgrade

Meet Katherine Reay and hear about the journey to create this compelling story inspired by female Cold War spies. There will be a Q&A as well as a book signing. You will not want to miss this event moderated by Chrysti the Wordsmith!

This event is at the Holiday Inn Express in Belgrade!

Download the 2024 OBB Brochure


Thank you to our sponsor, Martel Construction, for supporting this program series!

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Special thanks also to Katherine Reay!

Community Partners

Thank you to our community partners for collaborating on events:

  • OLLI @ MSU
  • Bozeman Art Museum
  • Gallatin County History Museum
  • American Computer & Robotics Museum

Previous One Book Belgrade Reads:

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The Last Green Valley
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The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty


The Royal Wulff Murders
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan


Beneath a Scarlet Sky
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