Public Library holds 12th annual ‘On The Same Page’ program Feb. 1-March 31 | Arts & Culture
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Now in its 12th year, On The Same Page brings community-wide reading full circle. Thanks to readers like you who enjoy the togetherness of sharing a thought-provoking book, the program is one of the longest-standing and most successful of its kind in the nation.
Each year, along with a whole host of partnering organizations from around Greater Cincinnati, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County highlights a carefully selected title that’s sure to evoke engaging discussion and community dialogue.
From Feb. 1 to March 31, this year’s one book, one community title, "The End of Your Life Book Club," by Will Schwalbe celebrates the pursuit of lifelong reading and how the joy of reading enriches and even changes lives. The book is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close due to pancreatic cancer.
Over two years, the author and his mother, Mary Anne, carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen.
Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.
So, if you’re a book lover who appreciates the lasting rewards reading has to offer, join us for another chapter of On The Same Page, where everyone in the community is invited to read the same book at the same time and partake in book talks and programming, including the chance to meet author Will Schwalbe Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge.
A book signing will immediately follow the discussion and books will be available for purchase courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including "The New York Times" and the "South China Morning Post." He is on the boards of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of "Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better."
Whether you prefer to download an eBook or an eAudiobook, read the book in print (also in in large print), or listen to it on CD, the Library accommodates all reading styles by offering the selected On the Same Page title, The End of Your Life Book Club, in various formats for your reading pleasure.
Find out how you can be part of a book club. Meet at the Library or on your own; either way we’ll provide multiple copies of books for your discussion. Check the Library’s online program calendar for ongoing book clubs at www.CincinnatiLibrary.org. Or, ask your local Library how to obtain books for your book club. You can also take advantage of the Library’s “Book Club to Go” service. Each canvas bag includes 15 copies of the same title, a book summary and review, discussion questions, author information, and more.
On The Same Page is a project of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and is made possible in part by the Friends of the Public Library and Joseph-Beth Booksellers with media support from 91.7 WVXU, The Enquirer, and CET. Other partners this year include: The Mercantile Library, Xavier University, the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati Metro, and The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
For a complete list of free programs, book discussions, discussion questions and more visit www.CincinnatiLibrary.org/SamePage. This year’s title offers the added opportunity to acquaint you with Library book clubs and others around the area.