One Community Reads

One Community Reads Masthead with red book shaped like Ohio

A collaboration among the City Club of Cleveland, ideastream, Playhouse Square, and all nine local public library systems, One Community Reads is designed to broaden and deepen our appreciation of reading and to cultivate dialogue based upon a shared reading experience for the Greater Cleveland community.

From January through March 2020, county residents are encouraged to read Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg and join in community discussions among the public and community leaders focused on social infrastructure and community connections around the Cleveland area.

The community read wraps up with a visit by author Eric Klinenberg on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Playhouse Square Ohio Theatre. Tickets will be available beginning Sunday, February 10th at 10am.


Eric Klinenberg

An Evening with Author Eric Klinenberg

Join us for an exciting talk with the author Eric Klinenberg about how we can find common purpose through the shared spaces that form the foundation of our neighborhoods. 

Admission is free, but tickets are required. 

Monday, March 9 at 7pm 

Playhouse Square Mimi Ohio Theatre 
1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 

One Community Reads Events at Cleveland Public Library

One Community Reads Kickoff

The Kickoff of One Community Reads was on January 20, 2020, at the opening of the Cleveland 20/20 community photography exhibition at Cleveland Public Library. The first 45 attendees received a free copy of this year’s title, Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg.

We Built This City

Rock and Roll was born in Cleveland, and Cleveland is built on a foundation of Rock. Get a glimpse of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll DNA and the many ways that music builds connections and community. Registration required.

Monday, January 27 from 4:30–6:30pm
Cleveland Public Library –
South Branch
3096 Scranton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

One Community Reads Trolley Tour (Registration Required)

Saturday, March 7
12pm, 1 or 2pm

Enjoy a trolley tour of the MetroWest and Tremont neighborhoods and the shared spaces that bring us together as a community. Tours depart from and return to the South Branch Library. Trolley tours are offered free of charge but registration is required.

Registration Full

Saturday, March 7, 12pm, 1 or 2pm
Cleveland Public Library – South Branch
3096 Scranton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Palaces for the People book jacket

Book Discussions

Join us for a discussion of Dr. Eric Klinenberg’s book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.

Led by Dr. Valerie S. Brown of Cuyahoga Community College
Saturday, February 29, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Cleveland Public Library –
Carnegie West Branch
1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Led by Kenneth Hale of Cuyahoga Community College
Friday, March 6, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Cleveland Public Library –
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Traveling Stanzas: Libraries Strengthen Their Communities

Traveling Stanzas

March 1-31

The One Community Reads Committee is proud to partner with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University to host Traveling Stanzas, an interactive exhibit and creative writing tool. Traveling Stanzas exhibits aim to build community and facilitate dialogue, the perfect companion to the One Community Reads title Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.

We invite members from the community to reflect on the theme Libraries Strengthen Their Communities as it relates to the One Community Reads title. Participants will have the opportunity to share their voices and read other’s thoughts. The exhibit will be on display during the month of March in the following locations:

Cleveland Public Library
Main Library, 2nd Floor, Literature Department, Ohio Center for the Book
325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid Branch
1876 South Green Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44121

Euclid Public Library
631 East 222nd Street, Euclid, Ohio 44123

Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Partner Programs for One Community Reads

There are additional book discussions, community programs, and film screenings available throughout Cuyahoga County. Visit the official One Community Reads website for more details.