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The Lookout | June 19, 2019

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LCC, CADL unite for One Book, One LCC

LCC, CADL unite for One Book, One LCC
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By Shauna Stocken
Editor in Chief

In 2014, LCC began an annual one-book event, centered on the idea of sharing a reading experience among students, faculty and staff members.

Six books later, LCC and the Capital Area District Library (CADL) have united to promote the One Book One LCC event throughout the college campus and the Lansing community.

“Last year was definitely beyond anything we have had before,” said Mindy Babarskis, part-time reference and instruction librarian at LCC and co-coordinator of One Book One LCC.

“The 2018-19 shared book, ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas brought nearly 500 students to the open house kick off (last fall). That number is 300 over what was anticipated.”

The shared community reading experience will continue throughout the 2019-20 school year, highlighting the Native American-themed novel, “There There” by Tommy Orange.

“I think that there are a lot of books on Native American people and issues,” said Jolee Hamlin, senior associate director of public services for CADL. “But what makes this book unique is that it is based more on an urban community of Native American people.  A lot of books are about reservation life or history, not about the present day.”

“There There” was among the finalist in the public online voting process for the 2019-20 academic year. Future voting will take place next fall for the One Book One LCC program on LCC’s website.

“I’m totally happy with the voting process,” Hamlin said. “I think having the public vote creates a sense of engagement with the community, and I feel like it helps keeps the excitement going. But, it is also a guarantee of sorts, because we know that this is what the people wanted.”

Starting this fall, CADL, the Delta Township District Library and the LCC library will host book open houses and events centered around, “There There.”

“We are finalizing a visit with Tommy (Orange) now,” Babarskis said. “We’re at the last little step in crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s; his publishing company has been very helpful and it’s just been a good experience with him overall.”

According to Babarskis, the visit from Orange and other library events are planned to encourage interest in the book outside of the classroom, where the book is integrated into some professors’ lesson plans.

“I think at a collegiate level that sharing a reading experience and sharing conversation about themes in a book stokes life-long learning,” Hamlin said, “love of books and being active in your community.

“I think those are all good things; there’s a lot of curricular ties with the books that we try to choose, so there’s a lot you can do with them in classes, too.”

Copies of “There There” are available at LCC and in CADL libraries in hardbacks and digitally. 

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