History of the One Book, One Community Program

A group met in January of 2006 to explore the possibilities of a countywide read that would include Northern Michigan University and Marquette County. It was decided that we would pilot the project in hopes of making it an annual event. It is modeled after a program done at Michigan State University for the past several years with the East Lansing community.

One Book, One Community's purpose is to share the joy of reading, the life of the mind and the free exchange of ideas through a common book. Our goal is to foster a sense of community by bringing Northern Michigan University and Marquette County readers together. An invitation is extended to the entire University community, students, faculty, staff and all Marquette County residents to participate in the One Book, One Community program.

Our goals:

  1. To foster a sense of community by bringing Northern Michigan University and Marquette County readers together with a common book.
  2. To introduce new Northern Michigan University students to our community and to an academic life through the reading and discussion of a chosen book.

Partners and Sponsors

Marquette Alger Reading Council
Northern Michigan University
Peter White Public Library
Sigma Tau Delta
Snowbound Books
Superiorland Library Cooperative
Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

Committee members
Anne Donohue - community member, committee chair
Becky Tavernini - NMU Marketing and Communications office, secretary, publicity chair
Beverly Matherne - NMU Professor Emeritus of English
Becky Berube - community member 
Lynn Domina - NMU English Department head
Lynne Hammerstrom - Community member
Ben Kinney - NMU English Department graduate assistant
Dianne Patrick - Snowbound Books, publicity
Caroline Jordan - community member
Cathy Seblonka - Peter White Public Library
Sue Szczepanski - retired NMU School of Education

The Marquette County Board of Commissioners has officially recognized One Book, One Community as part of Marquette County's desire to promote literacy. Click here to read the resolution.

Financial support is provided by the NMU Office of the Provost, NMU Marketing and Communications and various departments. An anonymous donor allows the committee to supply books to those who may not be able to afford them or to support programming. 

Donations to Marquette County One Book One Community are welcomed (and tax deductible)! Please contact Mary Crampton at the NMU Foundation, 906-227-2599 or give online. You may also ask for a donation envelope at Snowbound Books. Thank you to all of you who support reading in our community!