CNY Reads

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To Kill a Mockingbird is this year's book pick for all of CNY to read.

There will be a flurry of activity throughout Central New York
surrounding some of the all too current themes of this classic novel,
from January through March 2016.

A film series, book discussions, and lectures will all be a part of this community wide dialogue.
Syracuse Stage, a CNY Reads consortium member,
will produce the play To Kill a Mockingbird from February 24 – March 26, including 15 student matinees.
Programs in conjunction with the play will be part of the CNY Reads season.
We invite you to read this classic again for the first time!

To suggest a title for future consideration,
visit our Suggest A Title section.

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.

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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.

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How to Get Involved


Read the next book selection. [Title to be chosen in Fall 2015]

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 CNY Reads choice? We'd love to hear from you about how your community is getting involved. Contact Kathy Osmond at or call 315-435-1900.


Attend CNY Reads Events
[click here during the CNY Reads season for local events]
Dozens of CNY Reads events will be scheduled through the season.

Enter the Contests
[contests will be available here during the CNY Reads season]

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 or call 315-435-1900.

Suggest a Title

Please see the Book Criteria webpage, then Contact Us to suggest a title.

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Contact Us

For 2015 CNY Reads One Book will be coordinated by the Onondaga County Public Library, and Kathy Osmond, Director of Community Relations. She can be reached at or call 315-435-1900.

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Sponsored By:

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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
Syracuse Post-Standard
Syracuse Stage
Syracuse University

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

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Last updated: July 14, 2015