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The Chicago Public Library Launches One Book, One Chicago Online Reading Experience


Additional events round out the season for winter/spring 2015

The One Book, One Chicago program is only at mid-season, and there will be many more opportunities this winter and spring to explore the theme of “Heroes: Real & Imagined” with this year’s selection, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

We thank Allstate and BMO Harris Bank for their generous sponsorship of the One Book, One Chicago program and all of the engaging activities that make up this year’s theme of “Heroes: Real & Imagined”.

On Monday, February 2nd CPL launched the One Book, One Chicago online reading experience giving patrons the opportunity to read the book online via their web browser on a computer, tablet or smartphone. OBOC Online is available to CPL cardholders.

OBOC Online encourages users to take The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay viral by sharing passages via Twitter, and inviting others to read the book. To encourage patrons to engage in a new way, OBOC online will feature challenges that correspond with each one of the six installments of the book. OBOC online will also include scheduled “reading sprints” on Twitter to encourage patrons to read the book and share their experiences at designated times. Prizes will be awarded for those who participate in challenges and reading sprints.

Other One Book events and programs taking place between February and May include:

  • An opportunity to sample the world of anti-heroes in film – and maybe some brews too – at Revolution Brewery on February 19
  • A screening of 50 Children, a film about two real life heroes who saved 50 Jewish children during the Holocaust, on March 3
  • An appearance by Dav Pilkey, creator of the clueless hero Captain Underpants, on March 10

It’s not too late to pick up a copy of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay at your local CPL branch and join the conversation at either one of these events, or online!