Reading Together, A community-wide book club for Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Book 'Things They Carried.'
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Sponsors and Partners

These organizations are collaborating on many events for this year's Reading Together program: panels and presentations, films, discussions, exhibits, and more. 


Kalamazoo Public Library leads Reading Together with the collaboration of libraries, educational institutions, health and social service agencies, cultural, civic and religious organizations, businesses, the media, and local governments throughout Kalamazoo County.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation helped the library launch Reading Together with funding for the first three years with grants from their "BetterTogether" initiative. The Foundation continues to be involved and supportive.

Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library are a dedicated group of volunteers who donate time and money to help build special collections at KPL, support literacy programs, and contribute to events such as Reading Together.

The Air Zoo, whose Vietnam-era aircraft and artifacts are a strong backdrop for the book discussions and exhibits there, is host to two exhibits, a Smithsonian collection of photos of Vietnam and an annotated display of things carried in Vietnam by local residents.

Western Michigan University, through the collaboration of a wide range of campus offices and departments*, is a substantial supporter of the visit to Kalamazoo of author Tim O'Brien, who speaks in Miller Auditorium on March 21.


Consort Display Group 
Fetzer Institute 
Irving S. Gilmore Foundation 
Kalamazoo Amateur Athletic Federation 
Kalamazoo College 
Kalamazoo Gazette


Climax/Lawrence Memorial Library
Comstock Township Library
Davenport University
Family of Burley D. Kiracofe
Friends of the Richland Community Library
Galesburg Memorial Library
Kalamazoo Community Access Center
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Portage District Library
Recorded Books
Schoolcraft Community Library
The Soup Kettle
United Rental
Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre



Fairfield Broadcasting
Iskape Audiobooks
Kalamazoo Gazette
Kazoo Books I & II
Manatron Inc.
Millenium Restaurant Group
Radisson Plaza Hotel

Civic Organizations

Alpha Delta Kappa
Douglass Community Association
Great Lakes PeaceJam
Hispanic American Council
Kalamazoo Gay/Lesbian Resource Center
Kalamazoo Literacy Council
Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Michigan American Legion
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

Cultural Organizations  

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
Whole Art Theatre

Educational Institutions  

Academically Talented Youth Programs (ATYP)
Albion College
Battle Creek Central High School
Comstock High School
Diversity Awareness Leadership Training (DALT)
Hackett Central Catholic High School
Kalamazoo Central High School
Kazoo School
Kellogg Community College
KRESA Education for the Arts
Lawton High School
Portage Central High School
Portage Northern Middle School
*Western Michigan University

Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program
Center for the Study of Ethics in Society
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Department of History
Direct Encounter with the Arts
First Year Experience
Friends of Western Michigan University Libraries
Haenicke Institute for International and Area  Studies
Lee Honors College
Miller Auditorium
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
School of Music


City of Kalamazoo Partners Building Community
Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home
Kalamazoo County Veterans Affairs Office

Health and Social Service Agencies  

Bronson Health Sciences Library
Fountains at Bronson Place
Friendship Village
Greater Kalamazoo United Way
Heritage Community of Kalamazoo


Augusta-Ross Township District Library
Gull Road Courthouse Book Group
Paw Paw District Library
Vicksburg District Library

Religious Organizations

Church and Synagogue Library Association
First Baptist Church
First Presbyterian Church
First United Methodist Church
Fresh Fire AME Church
Friends Meeting
ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community)
Kalamazoo Friends Meeting
Ministry with Community
Skyridge Church of the Brethren
Transformations Spirituality Center

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2005 Reading Together, "The Color of Water"2004 Reading Together, "Nickel & Dimed"2003 Reading Together, "Fahrenheit 451"