Book Cover Reading Together, What if the entire community read the same book at the same time? Kalamazoo Public Library
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About Reading Together

Reading Together invites people of all ages, from all walks of life, throughout Kalamazoo County, to read and discuss important issues raised by a single book.

Group Discussions & Special Events explore the book's issues:

Find out more about ways to participate.

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 "Better Together" initiative.

A committee of thirty-five community leaders, representing local high schools and colleges, libraries, bookstores, book clubs, civic and social service organizations, media outlets and various religious denominations, selected The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Selecting a book whose main character is an autistic teenager offers opportunities to draw in new participants. "The selection committee felt that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will spark important conversations about what it means to be different in our community," says Hawxhurst. "The book's combination of unusual language, illustrations, accessibility, humor, literary allusions and compelling characters opens doors to many levels of discussion."

Reading Together programming will take place in February and March 2007. Book discussions and a variety of special events will take place throughout this two-month period.

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Past Books

2006: The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien2005: The Color of Water, by James McBride2004: Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich2003: Fehrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
   Questions? Contact Joan Hawxhurst: readingtogether@kpl.gov or (269) 553-7913.