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About the Program

One Community Reads is designed to broaden and deepen our appreciation of reading and compel friends, families and neighbors to share their experience while reading the same book. The project is further intended to engage the community in dialogue on finding common purpose through the places that form the foundation of our neighborhoods.

All residents of Cuyahoga County are encouraged to read Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg. Community programs will be held in locations throughout the county January – April 2020.

One Community Reads will host an evening with Eric Klinenberg at the Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square at 7pm on March 9. Admission is free, however tickets are required.

Click here to register for tickets.

Tickets will be available beginning Sunday, February 2 at 10am.

An Evening with Eric Klinenberg Livestream* Locations:

Euclid Public Library
Shore Meeting Room
631 E 222nd St, Euclid, OH 44123

Heights Libraries Lee Road Branch
Brody/Nelson Room
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Lakewood Public Library
Main Auditorium
15425 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Rocky River Public Library
Purple Room
1600 Hampton Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

Westlake Porter Public Library
Training Classroom
27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145

*Tickets are not required for livestream locations.

About the Book

In the face of increasing political polarization, climate emergencies, and declining civic institutions, renowned sociologist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Klinenberg’s vital, illuminating book Palaces For The People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Broadway Books; September 10, 2019) reveals how we can find common purpose through the places that form the foundation of our neighborhoods – now available in
paperback.

This provocative book reframes our conception of civic life, arguing that the resilience of our communities rests not on shared values but on shared spaces capable of fostering crucial, sometimes even life-saving connections. In clear, accessible prose, Klinenberg explains that today’s most pressing issues – crime, education, the opioid crisis, and climate change – can all be addressed with place-based policies, and demonstrates how such policies have been put into effect with great success.

About the Author

Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He coined the term “social infrastructure” to describe the libraries, day-care centers, bookstores, coffee shops, and community gardens that shape our face-to-face interactions, and has been exploring it for decades – ever since his landmark study of Chicago during the 1995 heat wave.

As the research director for the Obama administration’s Rebuild by Design project, he worked to integrate social infrastructure into post–Hurricane Sandy rebuilding plans.

In PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE, he applies this deep knowledge, stemming from years of both research and application, to diverse communities and challenges around the globe – from Singapore to Brazil and from East New York to Silicon Valley – to show how interactive physical spaces are combating some of the most profound problems of our time.