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United We Read
Guidelines for Evaluating and Considering a Book's
The vision of the
program is to have the Kansas City Metropolitan region residents
reading the same book at the same time and begin a community wide
discussion around a common theme.
Promote reading and
Build a community of readers
Broaden exposure to and appreciation for good
committee's goal is to select a book with a broad-based appeal to
readers of different backgrounds and reading levels.
The book should address
themes, issues and topics that will encourage and sustain spirited
Primary Considerations: The Reader and The
whom would you recommend this book? Would it appeal to a high school
student? College student? Business Person? Housewife? Senior adult?
Will this book appeal to a wide cross section of readers in Kansas
City and the surrounding area? Is this book relatively "easy" to
read. We are trying to appeal to the broadest section of our
community as possible. If they have to struggle with a book, many
will not read past the first chapter. We want to select a book that
the community will read and enjoy and that will foster discussion.
What makes this book popular? What themes or issues will readers
discuss? Are there topics that will specifically appeal to readers
in our community and encourage discussion and debate? Does the book
contain enough material to encourage discussion among Kansas City
How will we promote this to the community?
Does the book have an author and subject matter that can be promoted
in our community? Is the subject matter something people will want
to read? Will this book selection be appropriate subject matter for
libraries, funders and the general public? Is there anything in the
book that would be too controversial for this project?
Will this selection broaden understanding of our
diverse community? Does the book promote understanding of a culture,
race, geography, or life style reflective our or very diverse KC
Accessibility: Is the
book accessible? Is the book available in paperback as well as in
hardback. Is it available in audio. What languages is the book
available? Will the publisher do any type of discounting of the book
Supporting Materials: What type of
supporting materials are available for this selection? Are readers
guides available? Are posters available? Are book marks available?
Are complimentary copies available? Are there any more materials
that can be supplied for this selection? Is the author available
(charge or no charge)?
| Copy of the Book Criteria Voting Sheet
For further information contact:
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Independence, MO 64050
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