Get Ready, Get Set, Get Reading!

By Shannon G RSS Tue, January 13, 2009

Looking for an antidote to the post-holiday blues, chilly temps, and lack of sun in the coming months? Well grab your copy of The Soloist (you can borrow it from any branch of the Free Library) and get ready—One Book, One Philadelphia kicks off its seventh season tomorrow night!

From January 14 through March 19, Philadelphians are encouraged to read Steve Lopez’s tale—which highlights complex issues such as mental illness and homelessness—and participate in the hundreds of city-wide events. From book discussions and musical performances to screenings and workshops, the 2009 One Book events offer a variety of opportunities for everyone.

During our special kick-off at 7:15 pm tomorrow evening, Steve Lopez will speak with the audience at Parkway Central Library, as well as participate in a question-and-answer session and book signing. Tying in Lopez’s theme of music, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, one of the program’s community partners, will perform before Lopez’s talk.

For a calendar of events and other resources, check out our One Book page. And don’t forget to stop by and join the conversation on our blog—I’ll be frequently updating with One Book-related posts!

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karthik - india
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

If you like this, I recommend you read "Tell Them Who I Am" by Elliot Liebow. Great story about homeless women in Washington DC.
Monday, February 23, 2009

Fantastic recommendation. My daughter certainly thinks so, anyway. Keep up the good work.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Can't wait to grab my hands on this one :)
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Can't wait to grab my hands on this one :),
Andy - US
Thursday, April 9, 2009

Can't wait to grab my hands on this one :)
andy - us
Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Soloist movie will certainly bring additional light to the plight of homelessness in Los Angeles. It is ironic, however, that at a time when homelessness in L.A. is in the spotlight on a national level, the city will have three key vacant positions that address homelessness. In order for the Los Angeles region to seriously address homelessness, it needs to bring together all sectors of society to not only help one former Julliard student, but the thousands of other men, women, and children floundering on our streets. Tom
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

PS: Going solo is not going to work. Tom.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Can anyone provide their feedback too on it? Maria
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I will give it a try. Thanks for the info. Leah
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

A nice post! Thanks.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

really good stuff. great library blog!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A really great book. I have read it as well as my wife. Excellent flow of stories. - from Los Angeles
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A really great book. I have read it as well as my wife. Excellent flow of stories. - Azlan - from Los Angeles
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Third and Indiana is also a good book by Steve Lopez about a young boys involvement with drug gangs. Jeff -
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Thanks for the recommendation. Just finished reading the soloist and it's a fantastic literary work. __________________________________________ Ian McDonnell - http://www.rakebackftw.com
Ian - Dublin
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thanks for the recommendation. Just finished reading the soloist and it's a fantastic literary work.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Monday, August 24, 2009

It's an interesting read I have to say. I am about to do a quick post on my about it.

It seems lots of people are interested in this one.

Downey gives a splendid performance.

 

Koty - Jamaica
Saturday, September 19, 2009

One thing that I always strikes me about homeless people, is that they are not always lower intelligence, down and outs. There are many people that have chosen this lifestyle and some of them can be described as genius.
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

I love that book!
Joe -
Saturday, October 3, 2009

a large percent of the homeless population was in foster care at some time in their life- including people who were 'adopted'. Health and Human Services teaches children by removing them from their own family to not have a home. If you read The Broken Heart, you will also find that this means less years of lifespan, and 40 % increase in cardiovascular disease. It also means much more neurosis and mental illnesses, because many are affected by the privileges of healthy living and stress. But when many doctors see a homeless person, to be clear, they also mistake circumstance and dehydration and sleep deprivation for mental illness, which is a far cry and just needs a safe space to rest and drink to quickly recuperate. However, homeless shelters rarely provide this, and are in fact much like prison, some including events like rapes in the hallway. The food is sickening, the people are just as sickening, so many, wishing to not live like a ruled over prisoner, with no safe haven for shelter, 'choose' outdoor living, even through our torrential rains and bitter cold winters. This is why you hear of people freezing to death that are homeless. The foster care system taught them that institutionalized living is also detrimental to their health. There are a few gems of institutions that rise above. I am so thankful for the free library to have that cafe in the main branch to work with homeless organizations and people. I am also thankful for some of the work that the AIC does for foster teens. People need to realize that half of the foster caregivers got involved not because they are thoughtful and daunted by the task of taking in a child, but because they can use the money or worse. Get involved- you can become a well read thoughtful foster parent, you can teach someone that having a home can be a safe and warm experience with decent food, don't leave it to people who are dogooders but unthoughtful, these people need the most insightful, healing and imaginative folks they can get their hands on, and then, their 'genius', or life experience, can shine it's light on us all.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Monday, January 4, 2010

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Jenny - WA
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This is the perfect time of year to wrap up on the couch and read a good book. The public library is the best place to get those wonderful stories.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

I love to read a good book and this seems like a perfect choice. Thanks for the advice.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fantastic recommendation. My daughter certainly thinks so, anyway. Keep up the good work.
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I didn't read the book yet, but the movie was great!
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It is an great recommendation. I read it a little while ago and now I have read this I might have to pick it up again. Regards Mark
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Very good info on this blog. Gonna start reading The Soloist. Thanks,
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I haven't read The Soloist yet but keep meaning to. This post has inspired me.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Jim - Edmonton
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Haven't heard much about Steve Lopez. I look forward to hearing him!
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Friday, July 9, 2010

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Friday, July 9, 2010

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's great there are events like this at your library, music too! Wish our local library was so cool. Jean
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Friday, July 23, 2010

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