On The Same Page 2007
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Listen to Barbara Gray of WVXU in an interview about On The Same Page.

On the Same Page is an annual community reading event hosted by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


To enhance our sense of community through a shared reading event which encompasses all of Hamilton County.

Program Goals

  • Promote reading as an enjoyable activity
  • Facilitate community dialogue


In an effort to foster a sense of community through reading, area organizations joined in partnership in 2002 to establish On The Same Page, a citywide reading project. This project was modeled after the first organized community reading event, which was held in Seattle in 1997. The Library of Congress maintains a state-by-state list of past and current "one book" reading projects.

2007 Project Team

  • Keith Kuhn, LSO Sponsor
  • Susanne Wells, Collection Development, Project Coordinator
  • Laura Dell, Programming Coordinator
  • Megan Brandmeier, Madeira Branch
  • Carrie Conlin, Fiction & Young Adults Department
  • Faith Daughtry, Information Services Department
  • Frank Dugan, Corryville Branch
  • Denise Miller, Science & Technology Department
  • Karen Nault, Outreach Services Department
  • Elizabeth Weigand, Delhi Township Branch

Joining the project team for the initial title selection process:

  • Micheal Fraser, JosephBeth Booksellers
  • Aiesha Little, Cincinnati magazine
  • Vicki Newell, Fiction & Young Adults Department

Adult titles selected in previous years:

  • 2002 - A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  • 2003 - Savage Inequality by Jonathan Kozol
  • 2004 - Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips
  • 2005 - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • 2006 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Teen title selection team

  • Paula Brehm-Heeger, Teen Services Coordinator
  • Teen advisory board members and their library branches:
    • Lindsay Rack, Groesbeck Branch
    • Shelly Jahn, Symmes Township Branch
    • Lauren Flick, Greenshills Branch
    • Katie Scoville, Hyde Park Branch
    • Abby Neyer, Madeira Branch

Teen titles selected in previous years

  • 2003 - Marika by Andrea Cheng
  • 2004 - Hush by Jacqueline Woodson
  • 2005 - Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • 2006 - Bird by Angela Johnson