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Same Page

Now in its 10th 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 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.

2010 Project Team

  • Greg Edwards, LSO Sponsor
  • Kate Lawrence, Programming Coordinator
  • Joan Luebering, Loveland Branch, Project Coordinator

Title Selection Team

  • Micheal Fraser, Joseph-Beth
  • Emily Holtrop, Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Janet Kerkhoff, Madeira Branch Library
  • Annette Meurer, Joseph-Beth
  • Kathleen Rieck, Hyde Park Branch Library
  • Cedric Rose, Mercantile Library
  • Roberta Schultz, WVXU
  • Susanne Wells, Collection Development Department, Public Library
  • Cara Williams, Library Services Office, Public Library

Previous Years' Titles

  • 2002 – A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines
  • 2003 – Savage Inequality, by Jonathan Kozol
    Marika, by Andrea Cheng (teens)
  • 2004 – Crossing the River, by Caryl Phillips
    Hush, by Jacqueline Woodson (teens)
  • 2005The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (teens)
  • 2006The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Bird, by Angela Johnson (teens)
  • 2007The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
    The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan (teens)
  • 2008Coal Black Horse, by Robert Olmstead
    Bronx Masquerade, by Nikki Grimes (teens)
  • 2009The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Steve Lopez
    Fire from the Rock, by Sharon Draper (teens)
  • 2010The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (adults and teens)

New in 2011

  • Beginning this year, the teen component of On the Same Page will be a separate event, OTSPTeen, which will be scheduled to coincide with Teen Read Week celebrations in October. More information on this new event will be forthcoming.
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