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Reading Together begins during MLK celebration

Jan. 2, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Reading Together launches its sixth year Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St., during Kalamazoo's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

This year's selection for the annual community Reading Together is "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver. In "Animal Dreams," a central character says that animals dream about the things they do in the day time, just like people do. "If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life."

Inspired by King's powerful "I Have a Dream" speech, the Jan. 15 openning event for Reading Together will feature a diverse group of local residents sharing their dreams for their children and community through stories, readings, writings, music and audience interaction. The event is offered in partnership with Western Michigan University, the Northside Ministerial Alliance, the city of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

At Reading Together events, which continue through the end of February, hundreds of Kalamazoo County residents will meet to read and discuss this year's book selection. Learn more about Reading Together at www.readingtogether.us or contact program coordinator Lisa Williams at lisaw@kpl.gov or (269) 553-7913.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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