The Kalamazoo Right to Literacy Project will engage residents, leaders, volunteers, educators, and adult learners in a community-wide discussion about literacy as a social justice issue. A series of book clubs, book talks, and classes will take place October – December around Kalamazoo. Our featured book is Hot Dogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age by Rob Shindler and the Declaration for the Right to Literacy to guide the discussion. 

All participants will receive a free copy of the book!

“Through ‘Hot Dogs & Hamburgers,’ I wanted to show that by solving the problem of illiteracy, we create productive individuals that positively contribute to society.” –Rob Shindler  

Check out Rob’s videos to see him in action and hear his amazing story. 

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Book Clubs:

Thursdays, beginning October 24 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Reading Center at Goodwill Industries | 420 E. Alcott | (269) 382-0490 ext. 211

Tuesdays, November 5th, 12th, 19th @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.mKPL Alma Powell Branch | 1000 W. Paterson St. | (269) 553-7800

Book Talks: 

Monday, December 2nd @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Read and Write Kalamazoo | 802 S. Westnedge | (269) 743-7005

Meet the Author! Thursday, December 12th @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. KPL Central Branch | Van Deusen Community Room | (269) 553-7800

Class: Why Literacy Should be a Right: The Case for a Kalamazoo Where Everyone Can Read

This class will examine illiteracy’s negative impact on the community, discuss strategies being used to reach the county’s more than 25,000 struggling adult readers, and explore literacy as a social justice issue. Instructor: Michael D. Evans, KLC Executive Director

Wednesdays, November 6th, 13th, 20th @ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 1302 Ellsworth Hall | Register now! (only 9 seats left)

Adult Literacy Research and Training Symposium, December 13 @ 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | WMU’s Fetzer Center 

1 in 8 adults in Kalamazoo County struggle to read.

These adults struggle to read to their children, fill out a job application or understand medical information. But you can make a difference in their lives and your community.

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