Food is always a good way to bring people together, and the Trumbull Library System’s One Book-One Town program this year is building on it.

This is the sixth year the library system is hosting programs and encouraging a community wide read around one theme. This year, the theme is “The Food We Eat” and the book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. Programs started this week and last through through the coming weeks, culminating with a farm and garden expo.

The One Book-One Town committee has been hard at work since last year’s program ended, according to Library Director Susan Horton.

“This year we put the cart in front of the horse and started with the idea of food, suggested by Donna Girot,” Horton said.

The group then found the book. A Year in Food Life follows the effort of the author and her family after they vow for a year to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Several copies of the book are available at the library for those who want to join the read.

“The concept of buy local, grow local really resonated,” Horton said.

The topic also became more timely in town after the closing of the Trumbull Farmers Market last summer, which upset many. GMOs have also been a hot topic and one that St. Joseph High School and Trumbull High students were tackling in a debate this week, part of One Book-One Town.

For those who missed Wednesday’s debate, there is still plenty coming up. A few highlights include a showing of the movie Chef, with healthy snacks available. A farm-to-table dinner with the chef of Parallel Post is also scheduled, along with a “Cooking with Healthy Greens” program with food writer Robin Glowa.

Many events include and highlight other local organizations. A maple sugaring demonstration this Saturday, March 7, will be held at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center. The Trumbull Historical Society will host a program later this month on the sustainable food revolution. On March 10, the Mallett lecture series features local growers for a discussion.

For a full listing of events, click here. For more information visit trumbullct-library.org.