Independent bookstores aren’t just back, they’re thriving. As other small retailers struggle to compete with big box stores and online shoppers, how do indie booksellers continue to attract and maintain a loyal base of customers?

All Sides Weekend: Books

Jan 24, 2020
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.

How To Raise A Reader

Jan 24, 2020

The challenge of raising a reader have changed in the digital age, when children have multiple distractions at their fingertips.

One free book, every month, until a child's fifth birthday — that's what Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is promising Cuyahoga County children with the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library Program, announced Monday morning at the Warrensville Heights library. 

Every child under the age of 5 in Cuyahoga County can be enrolled in the program. There are about 75,000 eligible children in Cuyahoga County.

"It brings me a lot of joy to think that these kids are going to really have the gift of books and all of the things that that means for them," DeWine said. 

Tomorrow is Library Card Registration Day. Never heard of it? Well, that's because poet and rapper Noname made it up.

When she's not recording in the studio, she's often at the library.

"Just going to the library and talking to a librarian and their wealth of knowledge on books and material is so amazing to me," she says.

Noname wants to encourage people to get their own library cards, not just for the free books, but also for the people who can guide you to them.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Dec 13, 2019
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Today on All Sides Weekend Books with Christopher Purdy, the latest quick picks from the Columbus Metropolitan library, and more.

The Ohio Prison Fire

Dec 5, 2019
Rescue workers aid fire victims at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 1930. More than 300 persons, mostly inmates, perished in the fire.
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On Easter Monday in 1930, a fire trapped hundreds of inmates in the aging Ohio Penitentiary just minutes after they returned to their cells after a holiday supper.

What remains the deadliest prison fire in American history claimed the lives of 320 men who hailed from every corner of the country and beyond.

The tragedy made heroes of some and highlight the horrifying penal conditions in Depression-era prisons across the country. 

For nearly a decade, Diana Ramirez hadn't been able to take a book home from the San Diego Public Library. Her borrowing privileges were suspended, she was told, because of a mere $10 in late fees, an amount that had grown to $30 over the years.

Ramirez, who is now 23 and stays in Tijuana with her mother, attends an alternative education program in San Diego that helps students earn high school diplomas. To her, the debt she owed to the library system was an onerous sum. Even worse, it removed a critical resource from her life.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Nov 8, 2019
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Today on All Sides Weekend with Christopher Purdy, the latest quick picks from the Columbus Metropolitan library, and more. 


  • Kassie Rose, WOSU book critic
  • Kris Hickey, Director of Youth Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library Whetstone branch
  • Mark Maxwell, District Manager, Half Price Books

All Sides Weekend: Books

Oct 11, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.


  • Kassie Rose, WOSU book critic
  • Mark Maxwell, regional manager, Half Price Books
  • Kris Hickey, Youth Services Manager, Whetstone Library

Libraries are pushing back against new e-book and e-audiobook policies by some of the biggest publishers. Companies like Macmillan and Simon & Schuster are adjusting how they sell to or allow libraries to use their content, and libraries say the new rules are bad news for patrons.

All Sides Weekend Books

Aug 16, 2019
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Join host Christopher Purdy as we talk about the best books of the summer, quick picks and Kristen Lepioka's new novel, "The Stories You Tell."


The air tingles with prose. Patrons perch atop bar stools, but they aren't drinking. Individuals congregate together as a group, but they aren't talking.

Paperbacks adorn a table stained by water rings, and tote bags dangle over the backs of chairs. Classic rock is blaring from the speakers, but at this table, silence rings out.

A Silent Book Club is meeting.

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once upon a time. In her signature, measured cadence, Morrison told the Swedish Academy she believed these were some of the first words we remember from our childhoods.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Jul 19, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy and guests in a discussion of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's "Quick Picks" and more.