Book Discussions

Join us for engaging and thoughtful conversations about the importance of shared spaces in our lives and in our communities. Places like public libraries, community centers, and parks are foundations of our “social infrastructure.”
These spaces are open to everyone, encourage us to linger and interact with others, and foster connections across group lines. Let’s explore and discuss ways to expand and use strong social infrastructure to build bridges and strengthen our communities.

Monday, January 27 • 7:00 pm

Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122.

Join us this evening for a discussion of the One Community Reads title Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life led by Senior Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk and City Councilwoman Juliana Senturia who is a city councilwoman in Shaker Heights.
Please RSVP to Staci Cohen at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple:
216-464-5890 or scohen@fairmounttemple.org


Tuesday, February 11 • 10:00 am

Heights Libraries
Lee Road Branch (Levey Room)
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

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.


Wednesday, February 12 • 7:00 pm

Lakewood Public Library
Madison Branch
13229 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

In Palaces for the People, author Eric Klinenberg writes that the future of society rests on shared spaces: the libraries, community centers and parks where connections are formed. This “social infrastructure” is helping to solve societal challenges. Leading the discussion is Dr. Megan E. Hatch, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. In her research Dr. Hatch explores social justice and the impact state and local policies have on the public.


Wednesday, February 12 • 7:00 pm

Westlake Porter Public Library
27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145

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.


Thursday, February 13 • 12:00 pm

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

City Club Book Club

Join the City Club Book Club for lunch and conversation as we join the rest of our community in reading Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by
Eric Klinenberg.

Registration and $10.00 fee required. Lunch included.


Wednesday, February 26 • 7:00 pm

Lakewood Public Library
(Main Library–Multipurpose Room)
15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

In Palaces for the People, author Eric Klinenberg writes that the future of society rests on shared spaces: the libraries, community centers and parks where connections are formed. This “social infrastructure” is helping to solve societal challenges. Leading the discussion is Dr. Megan E. Hatch, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. In her research Dr. Hatch explores social justice and the impact state and local policies have on the public.


Thursday, February 27 • 7:00 pm

Heights Libraries
Lee Road Branch (Levey Room)
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

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.


Thursday, February 27 • 7:00–8:00 pm

Rocky River Public Library (Green Room)
1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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 RRPD Lt. George Lichman.


Saturday, February 29 • 2:00 pm

Cleveland Public Library
Carnegie West Branch

1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Saturday, February 29 • 2:00pm
Cleveland Public Library
Carnegie West Branch
1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland Ohio, 44113

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, Cuyahoga Community College


Wednesday, March 4 • 6:30 pm

Euclid Public Library (Babbitt Meeting Room)
631 East 222nd Street, Euclid, Ohio 44123

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.


Thursday, March 5 • 7:00–8:00 pm

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Bay Village Branch
502 Cahoon Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140

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. Registration required.


Friday, March 6 • 5:00 pm

Cleveland Public Library
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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 Kenneth Hale (Cuyahoga Community College).


Palaces for the People Podcast Discussion

Saturday, March 14 • 1:00 pm

East Cleveland Public Library
14101 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, Ohio 44112

Join East Cleveland Public Library as we celebrate and participate in the first online census. In addition, tune in for a podcast discussion of the book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. 

Webs Radio Podcasts


Saturday, March 14 • 2:00 pm

Shaker Heights Public Library (Bertram Woods Branch)
20600 Fayette Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122

Discussion of Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg. Books will be available at the Woods Circulation desk one month before the discussion. All are welcome.