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

Committee Members:
Lynne Hammerstrom- Community member, committee co-chair*
Beverly Matherne- Community member, committee co-chair*
Rachael Belmore- Sigma Tau Delta, committee student chair
Becky Tavernini- NMU communications, secretary, publicity chair
Dana Schulz, Snowbound Books, book selection chair*
Jerry Hosler- NMU student, English department TA*
Nheena Ittner- UP Children’s Museum 
Caroline Jordan- community member*
Jamie Kuehnl- NMU English department   
Cathy Seblonka- Peter White Public Library*
Sue Szczepanski- retired NMU School of Education*
Matthew Frank- NMU English department
* = reading selection committee members​

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.