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Reading Together seeks suggestions for 2007 book

April 19, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo Public Library will lead a fifth year of Reading Together in spring 2007, and all Kalamazoo County residents are eligible to submit suggestions by April 30 for a book for next year's communitywide reading.

Reading Together invites people of all ages, from all walks of life, to read and then discuss important issues raised by a single book. Previous Reading Together titles included "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury in 2003, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America" by Barbara Ehrenreich in 2004, James McBride's "The Color of Water" in 2005 and Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" this spring.

Criteria for Reading Together books include a theme that concerns universal social issues relevant to a diverse community; quality writing that fosters an appreciation of literature; availability in alternative formats such as large print, audio recording, foreign language, online, film or theatrical versions; and reading level, vocabulary, and subject matter appropriate for and appealing to adults as well as high school and college students.

Suggestions should include the book's title, author and a brief description of what makes the book appropriate for Reading Together in Kalamazoo County. All suggestions must be received by Sunday, April 30. Suggestions received after that date will be considered in the 2008 selection process.

Suggestions may be sent by e-mail readingtogether@kpl.gov or by leaving a message on the Reading Together phone line at (269) 553-7914. Suggestions may also be mailed to Reading Together, Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo MI 49007-5201.

Reading Together is supported by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's Better Together initiative, Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library and the collaboration of libraries, educational institutions, health and social service agencies and other organizations throughout the county. Western Michigan University is an annual supporter of Reading Together in Kalamazoo County.

For further information, contact Joan Hawxhurst, KPL reader services coordinator, at joanh@kpl.gov or (269) 553-7913.

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

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