Central New York Reads One Book has been promoting reading since 2001 when it picked its first book, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. While it is probably the longest running reading initiative of its kind in New York State, the idea actually came from the city of Seattle when, in 1998, the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library launched "If All Seattle Read the Same Book." These reading promotion projects bring members of a community together to read and discuss the same literary work. CNY Reads selects books that it feels are interesting, well written, enjoyable, accessible, and that often address problems with which members of the Central New York community can identify. In short, we are Building Community Through Reading!
Mission & Vision
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.
CNY Reads One Book is the largest “one book, one community” reads program in New York State. Every year, from January – March, CNY Reads One Book 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. Take a look at the events that are offered during the season, join us, and take part in our community dialogue!