What is On the Same Page?
Launched in Seattle and quickly picked up by Chicago and New York, the concept of a community reading program where libraries promote reading the same book among a variety of constituents has attracted enthusiastic supporters around the country. Many Massachusetts communities have embarked on providing the “one-book” experience to local residents.
On the Same Page in Amesbury
The Amesbury Public Library’s On the Same Page project began in spring of 2012. Our annual goal is to bring Amesbury residents of all ages together around the excitement of a shared reading experience, and also provide us a chance to shine a light on the rich history of the community in which we live.
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On the Same Page 2013
For 2013 the Library selected In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Waleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship’s cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
On the Same Page 2012
For its inaugural year of On the Same Page, the library chose Redfield Farm by Judith Redline Coopey, a novel of the Underground Railroad. Throughout the spring, we explored Amesbury’s rich Abolitionist history through discussions, programs, and partnerships with the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Association.