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Evicted by Matthew Desmond Selected for First-Ever Countywide “One Community Reads” Program


Hallie Rich
Communications & External
Relations Director
Cuyahoga County
Public Library
   Jeane’ Holley
Communications Specialist
Cuyahoga County

Dan Moulthrop
Chief Executive Officer City Club of Cleveland

Honorary Chair Armond Budish and program partners launch "One Community Reads"
with book  giveaway

CLEVELAND, OH – What if everyone in Greater Cleveland read the same book at the same time? With the launch of the One Community Reads program, the community will have just that opportunity. One Community Reads is a partnership amongst all nine local library systems, the City Club of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Playhouse Square to foster a sense of community and awareness of critical issues facing the community through reading and discussion.

Modeled after similar programs in Seattle, Chicago and New York City, Cuyahoga County’s first-ever One Community Reads program will include book discussions at locations throughout Cuyahoga County as well as community programs on the themes explored in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and a free public lecture by the book’s author, Matthew Desmond. For more information on book discussion groups and how to join in on the discussion please visit www.onecommunityreads.org.

One Community Reads will launch Thursday, January 11th at 10:30 am with a book giveaway (while supplies last) at Heinen’s of Downtown Cleveland. According to One Community Reads Honorary Chair Armond Budish, “Evicted tackles the very important issue of housing insecurity which is faced by people all across America. This is a problem we take very seriously and are working hard on addressing. Not only will One Community Reads bring our residents together through a shared reading experience, but it will give us the opportunity as a community to discuss challenging issues of economic inequality and housing.”

“The mission of the City Club is to create conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive,” says Dan Moulthrop, City Club CEO. “We know that books can serve as an important spark to generate conversations, and that’s why we are excited to partner on this One Community Reads effort. A shared reading experience of Evicted may foster an important dialogue that can bring us closer as a community and closer to solutions for economic inequality.”

One Community Reads will conclude with a free public lecture and book signing by Matthew Desmond on Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm at the Ohio Theater. Ticket information and a full listing of public programs and book discussions is available www.onecommunityreads.org. Visit your local library to check out or download a copy of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

One Community Reads is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.