CNY Reads One Book is excited to announce that The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri,
has been chosen as the 2014 book selection.
In the months of January, February and March, 2014,
all of Central New York will be encouraged to read The Namesake.
Thanks to a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,
CNY READS will be able to host book discussions, offer a film series,
and sponsor programs related to the book’s themes.
To learn more about The Big Read see our information page.
What is CNY Reads One Book?
Since 2001, representatives of Central New York's cultural, educational, and social service organizations have come together to sponsor "CNY Reads One Book", the largest "one book, one community" reads program in New York State. The CNY Reads Consortium, currently coordinated by Onondaga County Public Library, and consisting of a rapidly expanding group of Central New York partners, promotes reading, research, discovery, and sharing of perspectives among local citizens by encouraging them to read the same book and to participate in programs related to that book. Past selections have included Earnest Gaine's A Lesson Before Dying, works by Arthur Miller, and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
Our Mission & Vision
CNY Reads One Book promotes reading, research, discovery, and a sharing of perspectives among Central New Yorkers by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in programs related to the content and themes of that book.
CNY Reads One Book aspires to use its shared reading program as a catalyst for greater community dialogue, collaboration, and understanding about issues and themes raised through our book selections. With a commitment to expand the number of diverse cultural, educational, and social-service institutions participating in CNY Reads One Book, the consortium is creating a new model for community building and programming while celebrating the written word.
How to Get Involved
READ THE BOOK
Read The Namesake
After you read the book, share the book with family, friends, and co-workers. Offer to read it aloud to people who are not able to read. Don't forget about OCPL's Book Club Kits. Book club kits are available for most titles. Kits include 12 paperback books, and 1 reader's guide with discussion questions, all provided in a handy tote bag for easy carrying. For more information about Book Club Kits, please see the Book Club Kit section of the OCPL website.
Reserve A Book Club Kit Online, or call 315-435-1900.
Register Your Book Club
Is your club planning to read The Namesake? We'd love to hear from you about how your community is getting involved. Contact Kathy Osmond at email@example.com or call 315-435-1900.
Attend CNY Reads Events
Dozens of CNY Reads events will be scheduled through the season.
Enter the Cover Art Contest [Contest runs during CNY Reads One Book season only]
JOIN CNY READS ONE BOOK
Join the CNY Reads One Book Consortium
Would your organization like to help plan events and be a part of the selection process for future CNY Reads One Book books? Contact Kathy Osmond, Chair, CNY Reads One Book Consortium at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-435-1900.
And a Consortium of Community Partners:
Barnes and Noble of Syracuse
Central New York Library Resources Council
Downtown Writer's Center of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse
Friends of the Central Library
Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County
Onondaga County Executive's Office
Onondaga County Public Library
Onondaga Historical Association
Special thank you's to our Community Volunteers:
Dianne Emmick, Retired High School Teacher, West Genesee High School
Heidi Holtz, Program Director, Community Grantmaking, Rosamond Gifford Foundation
Ed Kochian, Member of the Friends of the Central Library Board
Evelyn Williams, member, Lambda Kappa Mu Business & Professional Women's Sorority
Last updated: January 3, 2014