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.
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 www.kpl.gov 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!