What is the power of one book? Can it do more than enlighten and entertain individual readers? Can it impact the heart and soul of a community, help us to open new lines of communication and lay the groundwork for a stronger and better Forsyth County? We believe that On the Same Page, the Library's community book reading program, has the potential to do just that. On the Same Page seeks to broaden appreciation of literature through the shared experience of reading and discussing a single work of literature. It offers us a unique opportunity to see things through a different perspective, one that will only expand our understanding of the world around us.

The Forsyth County Public Library also sponsors an annual celebration of poetry that complements On the Same page, called On the Same Poem, in which participants read and discuss a single poem.

Now in its 17th year, On the Same Page continues!
2017 Book Selection
Take Out by Margaret Maron
August 20 to September 30, 2017

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Following the heartwarming conclusion to her Deborah Knott series, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron returns with a thrilling new mystery featuring NYPD detective Sigrid Harald.
Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely?
Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks . . .
Join us this fall for a month-long series of programs, including book discussions, a murder mystery party, and Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors featuring author Margaret Maron! It all begins August 20 with our kickoff event, “An Afternoon with Michael Malone” at 3:00 pm at Reynolda Manor Branch. It all culminates on September 30 with our finale event, “Death at the Library: A Murder Mystery Party”, held at 6:00 pm at the brand-new Central Library! Click here for a full schedule of On the Same Page book discussions, film screenings, lectures, and other related events!




  • 2017 Book Selection

    Take Out: A Sigrid Harald Novel by Margaret Maron

  • 2016 Book Selection

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

  • 2015 Book Selection

    In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • 2014 Book Selection

    Serena by Ron Rash

  • 2013 Book Selection
  • The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

  • 2012 Book Selection

    The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

  • 2011 Book Selection

    The Road to Devotion by Cameron Kent

  • 2010 Book Selection

    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

  • 2009 Book Selection

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

  • 2008 Book Selection

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  • 2007 Book Selection

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • 2006 Book Selection

    The Land Breakers by John Ehle

  • 2005 Book Selection

    In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

  • 2004 Book Selection

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  • 2003 Book Selection

    Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

  • 2002 Book Selection

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee