On the Same Page

What is the power of one book? Can it do more than enlighten and entertain individual readers? Can it impact the heart and soul of a community, help us to open new lines of communication and lay the groundwork for a stronger and better Forsyth County? We believe that On the Same Page, the Library’s community book reading program, has the potential to do just that. On the Same Page seeks to broaden appreciation of literature through the shared experience of reading and discussing a single work of literature. It offers us a unique opportunity to see things through a different perspective, one that will only expand our understanding of the world around us.

The Forsyth County Public Library also sponsors an annual celebration of poetry that complements On the Same Page, called On the Same Poem, in which participants read and discuss a single poem.

Now in its 12th year, On the Same Page continues!
2013 Book Selection
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
September 7 to October 6, 2013

The Pursuit of HappynessFor a full schedule of events and additional content, please visit our companion site at www.otsp2013.wordpress.com.

In 2006, Chris Gardner's autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. Almost immediately, the story was translated into over forty languages and was the inspiration for the acclaimed movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner.

Always hardworking and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980s left Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dreams of success, Gardner climbed the financial industry ladder from the very bottom. He worked at Dean Witter Reynolds and Bear Stearns & Co before founding the brokerage firm Gardner Rich in Chicago in 1987. Readers will be inspired by this story of one father’s love and his determination to overcome all obstacles in his pursuit of happiness.

We invite you to check out a copy and join in the conversation with your friends and neighbors. We have planned a series of events—film screenings, a poverty simulation, book discussions, and more—that we hope will enlighten folks and inspire all of us to action.

A full schedule of events will be available soon.

  • 2012 Book Selection

    The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson

  • 2011 Book Selection

    The Road to Devotion by Cameron Kent

  • 2010 Book Selection

    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

  • 2009 Book Selection

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

  • 2008 Book Selection

    Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  • 2007 Book Selection

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • 2006 Book Selection

    The Land Breakers by John Ehle

  • 2005 Book Selection

    In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

  • 2004 Book Selection

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  • 2003 Book Selection

    Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

  • 2002 Book Selection

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee