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About On the Same Page
The Soloist

Now in its eighth year, On the Same Page is an annual community reading event hosted by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. It is one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the country.


  • To enhance our sense of community through a shared reading event encompassing 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 astate-by-state list of past and current “one book” reading projects.

2009 Project Team

  • Greg Edwards, LSO Sponsor
  • Kate Lawrence, Programming Coordinator
  • Joan Luebering, Loveland Branch, Project Coordinator
  • Susanne Wells, Collection Development Office, Project Consultant

Program Planning Team

  • Debbie Hull, Madeira Branch
  • Miki Kitchkowsky, Sharonville Branch
  • Denise Miller, Collection Development Office
  • Corinne Sutton, Harrison Branch
  • Kate Toebbe, Bond Hill Branch

Adult Title Selection Team

  • Melanie Adolphson, Popular Library
  • Micheal Fraser, JosephBeth Booksellers
  • Katie Johnson, Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Annette Meurer, JosephBeth Booksellers
  • Kathy Rieck, Hyde Park Branch
  • Sarah Schellenger, Northside Branch

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
  • 2008 - Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead