Reading Together, A community-wide book club for Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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About the Book Selection Process

This year's book selection process was the most comprehensive and democratic yet. A list of more than 100 titles was compiled from: suggestions from library patrons and staff solicited over the library website and at all KPL locations, suggestions gathered from last year's evaluation process, librarian recommendations, other community reading programs' selections, and suggestions from community leaders. Then 30 community members, including school principals, teachers and librarians, college, university, special and public librarians, and representatives from businesses, the media, and 10 different community groups, were asked to serve on the selection committee. Each committee member chose ten titles from the 100+ offered. All top ten lists were then compiled into a short list of 13, plus an additional 11 titles that were recommended by committee members.

The committee members gathered for two hours of intense discussion on October 6 and voted on the list of 24 books (complete suggestion lists linked below). When the votes were tallied, one book emerged as the clear favorite of the committee. Library staff then confirmed that multiple editions would be available from book vendors and engaged the author for a visit to Kalamazoo.

Book Suggestions for 2006 (pdf, 150k)
Book Suggestions for 2006 - supplemental (pdf, 50k)
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2005 Reading Together, "The Color of Water"2004 Reading Together, "Nickel & Dimed"2003 Reading Together, "Fahrenheit 451"