For several months, we have been witnessing a growing interest in this year’s Reading Together title, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Today, that interest is most evident from the empty display at the central library downtown. No sooner do returned books end up on the display than they are snapped up and checked out by other curious readers. Clearly, our community is invested in reading about the topic of low-income housing and the cycle of poverty that often includes eviction.
We will soon we will be embarking on the programming phase of Reading Together 2018 and having read the book, though not required, will make participation in these programs that much more meaningful. Look for a Reading Together brochure at any KPL location, local bookseller, or from a partner organization.
As in years past, you will find several opportunities, beginning January 29, to meet with others in our community to discuss the book, whether from a particular point of view, or in a general discussion moderated by a local librarian or volunteer leader. In addition, you’ll have several opportunities to examine the specific issues presented in the book--with attention to local stories and resources--at presentations planned throughout our community, starting on February 12.
New to Reading Together programming this year is the opportunity to DO something with your heightened awareness and sensitivity to issues around the themes of the book. You can serve a meal at Ministry with Community, help build a house with Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, or volunteer for the annual Housing Resources Inc Walk to End Homelessness. Go here to learn how to sign up for these opportunities.
Of course, the highlight of Reading Together 2018 will be the appearance at Chenery Auditorium on Friday, March 16 by author Matthew Desmond, followed by Q&A and book signing. (Copies of Evicted will be available for purchase on site from The Michigan News Agency.) Admission is free—no ticket or reserved seating available—but we’d like to know you plan to attend. Please RSVP here.
See you soon!