Now in its seventh year, 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.

2008 Project Team

  • Keith Kuhn, LSO Sponsor
  • Susanne Wells, Collection Development, Project Coordinator
  • Laura Dell, Programming Coordinator

Program Planning Team

  • Melanie Adolphson, Popular Library
  • Donald Crews, Delhi Township Branch
  • Marya Hunt, Green Township Branch
  • Stephanie Rosenthal, Walnut Hills Branch
  • Kate Slater, Elmwood Place Branch
  • Jenny Weikert, Westwood Branch

Title Selection Team

  • Melanie Adolphson, Popular Library
  • Micheal Fraser, JosephBeth Booksellers
  • Mary Gruber, The Mercantile Library
  • Carla Sarr, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Linda Vacciarello, Cincinnati magazine

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
  • 2007 - The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan