What if the entire community read
the same book at the same time?
The Kalamazoo Public Library and a large group of community
partners plan to find out! On February 17, 2003, the Kalamazoo Public
Library will launch Reading Together with funding from the Kalamazoo
Community Foundation's BetterTogether initiative and support from
more than 50 partner organizations, including every public library
in Kalamazoo County. Modeled after successful reading programs all
across North America, Reading Together invites people of all ages
and from all walks of life to read and then discuss important
issues raised by a single book.
A community book selection committee chose Ray Bradbury's
Fahrenheit 451 for this first Reading Together project based
on several criteria: it deals with universal social issues;
it appeals to both teens and adults; and it's available in
many formats: large print, Spanish, audiobook, and the 1966
film on video.
How can you get involved?
- Read the book!
Reading period is February
- Wear a button.
Get a Reading Together button
when you borrow or buy Fahrenheit 451 from
selected libraries or book stores.
- Become a discussion
training on March 3 or March 8. Call 553-7913.
- Organize or join a
Discussion groups are scheduled
- Participate in special headline
Check the calendar for film, stage play, special
panel discussions, and other event dates. Note that
seating is limited for all special events. Groups
should call 553-7913 for availability before making
plans to attend.
Free copies of the discussion guide are now available
at all libraries in Kalamazoo Country. The final
discussion leader training
session will be held March 8. Call 553-7913.
Twenty group discussion events are already
scheduled throughout the county; more are added every day.
Special events include two screenings of the 1966 Francois
Truffaut film at Kalamazoo College, two readers theater
productions of the stageplay by Whole Art Theater, a panel
discussion with the ACLU, and a talk by Ray Bradbury's
authorized biographer and personal friend, Dr. Garyn Roberts.
Check the calendar frequently for the growing list of
discussion groups and special events.
Where can you get the book?
Fahrenheit 451 is available in many formats at libraries and
bookstores throughout the county. Check the
list. Several bookstores are selling some versions at a discount. Get a Reading Together button when you
borrow or buy Fahrenheit 451!
Book groups from throughout the county
can check out Fahrenheit 451 sets, which include 10-15 copies of the
book and a discussion guide, from Kalamazoo Public Library. Call
269-553-7809 or drop by the Outreach Services office at the Central
Library, downtown, Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm.