Reading Together

When we read together, we grow together. Read and discuss Jerry Dennis's The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas with people from all walks of life.


When We Read Together, We Grow Together.


The goal of Reading Together has been re-articulated to me on two separate occasions recently by readers who probably had no idea they were affirming why Reading Together exists in the first place. One patron shared with me that “it's really great to get so many otherwise unrelated people talking/thinking about the same thing -- it creates a great common denominator that would otherwise not exist.” Another told me that she never would have picked up The Living Great Lakes if it had not been selected as this year’s Reading Together title; and she loved it!

Both of these encounters are wonderful examples of how (and why) Reading Together has continued to make a difference in our community for the last thirteen years. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces—and hopefully some new ones—at this year’s events, starting with Jerry Dennis’ appearances at Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium on Tuesday, March 3 and at Davenport University on Wednesday, March 4.



Reading Together on The Lori Moore Show

I had the opportunity last week to talk with Lori Moore about Reading Together and its history at Kalamazoo Public Library. Did you know this is the 13th year of Reading Together? We are so grateful to all of our community partners who have helped make each year of Reading Together a success. And we are grateful to our patrons who participate, year after year, in this KPL tradition by reading the selected book(s), discussing it with each other, and attending the programs that we hope will enhance their appreciation and understanding of the book's themes. 

We're gearing up for another year of reading together in 2015, starting with author Jerry Dennis' visit to Kalamazoo on March 3-4. This year's Reading Together events can be found in the online calendar at and are also included in the print Reading Together brochure which will be available later this month. We have scheduled a wide variety of programs celebrating the Great Lakes and I hope to see you there!



Jerry Dennis

 In the nearly 30 years that Jerry Dennis has earned his living as a freelance writer, he has emerged as one of America’s most celebrated writers about nature and the outdoors. His essays in such publications as Audubon, Smithsonian, Orion, and the New York Times have won many awards and are frequently reprinted and anthologized. His eleven books, most recently The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes, have appeared on national bestseller lists, have been translated into five languages, and are taught in many universities and high schools.

His book The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas has won many awards and is frequently taught in colleges and universities. Among Jerry's awards are the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, Michigan State University's Great Lakes Culture Award, and four Best Book of the Year awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Jerry lives with his wife, Gail, near Traverse City, Michigan. (



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