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Reading Together

We partner annually with Kalamazoo Public Library, preparing programs that link us to the greater goal of sharing one book with all of Kalamazoo County.
Because this last year has forced our community apart, the selection for 2021 Reading Together is the award winning author, Jacqueline Woodson whose body of work can be enjoyed by all ages.

One Book, One Community

The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring its themes together. When we do that, we engage and learn, not only about ourselves but more importantly, about each other and the world around us.

By experiencing the same book, hearing the author of that work speak right here in Kalamazoo, and delving deeper into the books’ themes, we are able to embrace our similarities and differences from a common point of reference.

Very simply, when we read together, we grow together.

The Program

With hopes of bringing our community closer together in the midst of the social isolation brought on by Covid-19, the Kalamazoo community, lead by the Kalamazoo Public Library, has decided to approach Reading Together a little differently for 2021. Instead of choosing one title, aimed primarily at adult readers, we have selected one author whose body of work spans all ages, from picture books, to middle grade and young adult fiction, to adult novels. That is why we have chosen National Book Award and four-time Newbery Honor Winner, MacArthur Fellow and bestselling author, Jacqueline Woodson. Click here to find out more about Reading Together

The Event

Woodson will make a Zoom appearance twice.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
3 pm: Craft Talk
7 pm: Keynote—The Power of Story
Registration information to come soon!.

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