• By Todd Bowser
  • Posted Monday, June 27, 2022

On The Same Page: Join us for the next Community Read

Get ready for On The Same Page 2022.
On the Same Page is Forsyth County Public Library's annual community read. Each year, we have selected a title to be read by customers and staff all over the County. We will host programs and discussions around the title for all ages across the ten library locations and throughout Forsyth County, with the help of partners and friends in the community.

About the Book

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

“The Personal Librarian,” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, will be Forsyth County Public Library’s 2022 On The Same Page community read. The novel is based on the true story of Belle de Costa Greene, who became Gilded Age titan J.P. Morgan’s librarian in 1905. Greene was a charismatic personality, who helped Morgan, and later his son, acquire priceless manuscripts and art objects. But Greene had a secret that could destroy the career she had worked to build—she had chosen to live as a white woman although her father was Black.

The Personal Librarian

Our On The Same Page celebration will take place from Sept. 22 to Nov. 19, and will feature events, programming, book club discussions and conversations around the book’s themes. Community partners for the event include: the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Library, Bookmarks, Arts Council of Winston-Salem, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, the C.G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University and more. “We thank the community for helping us choose this year’s selection,” said Library Director Brian Hart, “and we look forward to putting together a robust program of reading and discussion in the fall.”

Previous years' On The Same Page titles include:

  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Serena by Ron Rash
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The Land Breakers by John Ehle
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • Grant Wood: A Life by Tripp Evans
  • Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
  • The Road to Devotion by Cameron Kent
  • Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

In the coming weeks, we will begin announcing programs and events for all ages touching upon various themes and topics in the book. Our staff and community partners all over the county will be brainstorming, and you can contact us with questions or suggestions.

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