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Build community with Books@Work

Engage with fellow faculty and staff this winter by reading a book—or three.

Starting in January, the Case Western Reserve University Wellness Program will offer two Books@Work sessions, held Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Books@Work is a Cleveland-based nonprofit that uses literature to build crucial workplace skills. The program is more than a book club. With the guidance of a Case Western Reserve University faculty member, the conversations break down barriers and build a workplace culture of trust, respect and community. Over the course of 12 weeks, the group will discuss three different books.

Participants must be able to attend at least 10 of the sessions to be placed on the roster for one of these group sessions. Preference will be given to individuals who have not yet participated in a Books@Work group.

One fall 2017 participant shared: “”It’s nice to have a break during the week. For me, it was nice to know that every Thursday at lunchtime, I had to actually get up, leave my desk, take a walk outside, and move around, and go somewhere else and actually use my brain in a different way. I think that was just really refreshing and definitely gave me a little pep in my step during the week because I knew that I wasn’t just slogging away in my cubicle all day.”

To register, email Mary Ann Dobbins at In your email, be sure to include your preference for the Wednesday 12:15 p.m. group at the Kelvin Smith Library or the Thursday 5:30 p.m. group in Crawford Hall.

Learn more about this and the other Community Wellness Program offerings on the CWRU Wellness website at