Writings on the Wall by Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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Read and discuss Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White with people from all walks of life.

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Gratitude and Pride

Why We Read

Thank you, Kalamazoo! Thank you for reading Writings on the Wall and talking about it with friends, family, co-workers, and strangers. Thank you for submitting your questions for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Thank you for attending his appearance at Miller Auditorium and being part of a record-breaking audience for a Reading Together author: Over 3,200! Thank you for participating in discussions, whether about the entire book or a specific chapter. And thank you to those of you who have taken steps to help create “a new equality beyond black and white” in Kalamazoo. We were hopeful when we selected this title that Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s book would inspire just that kind of dialogue and action. Here are just some of the responses we’ve received:

  • Actually spoke in public about politics, which I never do. Passed on quotation from the book. Passed the book to someone. Made a point to seek out and listen to local viewpoints I may not always hear.
  • I am going to form a Saturday morning book club for 14-18 year olds.
  • I am more conscious of my reactions to racial comments and jokes. I need to speak up when inappropriate comments and jokes are made instead of remaining quiet.
  • Yes I met with an individual for coffee and then invited them to church.
  • I choose to volunteer in an area outside of my comfort zone. Having a conversation with others not like me and I’m loving it!

This special anniversary has celebrated a community that places great value on the importance of reading together, something in which we should all take immense pride. We look forward to continuing the tradition when we start the selection process this summer for Reading Together 2018! If you have a suggestion, please send it to readingtogether@kpl.gov.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue talking to each other about your latest read.

Karen Trout, Reading Together Coordinator

Reading Together Steering Committee


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Reading Together Events

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Just like Kalamazoo Public Library and this year's Reading Together events, the greater Kalamazoo community is responding to current issues in our country in a variety of ways. We invite you to seek out other ways you can participate in these local events. Learn more...

Writings on the Wall: Overview and Discussion »

Several Overview and Discussion events will be held at locations throughout the community, facilitated by Reading Together Steering Committee members, volunteers, or librarians. Choose one that is convenient for you and participate in a conversation about Writings on the Wall in its entirety. (Events have concluded)

Writings on the Wall: Dig Deeper - Chapter by Chapter »

In addition, a sort of "progressive book discussion" has been organized throughout the month of March whereby each chapter of the book will be explored in more depth in an interactive discussion facilitated by one or more local experts. Participate in as many Dig Deeper events as you'd like. (Events have concluded)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 3.14.17

Recovering 15 Years of Reading Together »

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, cover reimagined by our contest winner, Haley Ellis

Congratulations to our contest winners! Kalamazoo Public Library is participating in Recovering the Classics - a crowd-sourced collection of original covers for great works in the public domain.

To honor the 15th Anniversary of Reading Together, Kalamazoo Public Library recently invited illustrators, typographers and designers of all ages to redesign a Reading Together book cover of their choice. Winners were announced at Art Hop on March 3rd.

Our sincere thanks to the artists and to everyone who voted! Learn more...


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