Pass the Book, a community-wide read program, is a unique creative collaboration between Durham Region public libraries that partners the libraries, literary artists, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in Durham Region.

In 2009 Oshawa Public Libraries and Whitby Public Library launched a pilot project called Pass the Book. The program was initiated to give community members a brand new opportunity to connect with one another through shared stories.

In today’s increasingly busy world, Durham residents may go for weeks without talking to their neighbours and Pass the Book was designed to foster discussion and community through the promotion of art, literature, and culture. The program encourages the community to read and discuss one book and to attend programs related to the book’s themes.

Pass the Book is an on-going program in Durham Region that will build on each year’s success as the public anticipates the announcement of each year’s title. Whether they love or hate the book, Pass the Book is connecting people through discussions of literature, writers, and ideas.

In 2012, the Pass the Book program was the recipient of the Art of Transition award.

Pass the Book in the Media

Ajax history explored at library event (August 2010)
Read up and Pass the Book in Durham (May 2011)
Durham libraries come together to Pass the Book (May 2012)


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