Wednesday, February 10, 2016

4th Annual Community Read at the Jones Library "On the Same Page 2016"

The Jones Library is holding its 4th On the Same Page community reading program, featuring the book Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The entire Amherst community is invited to read the book and participate in the related programming. A variety of programs are being offered to enrich the reading experience of this acclaimed bestseller and to encourage dialog about the themes the book presents, particularly aging and improving quality-of-life at the end of life.

This year, our community read will take place as part of a larger regional community read event, entitled Discussing Mortality:  A Community Conversation.  Dr. Atul Gawande's book Being Mortal has started a national conversation about the deep flaws in our society's current treatment of aging and dying people.  Using his book as a springboard and drawing on the rich resources of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, we will look closely at our goals for end-of-life care and being to plan how to bring about better outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones.

Events will be held at area libraries and other community locations from February through mid-April.  For a listing of participating libraries and community organizations and the programming being offered in the area, please click here.