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.
The selection for Reading Together 2019 is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Click here to check for availability at PDL.

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


Each year following book selection, a community steering committee develops a wide variety of programs that may include films, concerts, exhibits, expert presentations, author visits, and more. The culmination of the programming phase of Reading Together is a public appearance by the author of that year’s selected title.

The Event


Join us at Miller Auditorium on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7 pm to hear Thomas trace the development of her book — and in so doing, speak to the heart of race, activism and social change in America today.

Admission is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Bookbug/this is a bookstore will sell copies of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, Thomas’ newly-released second book, at the event.

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