‘La Crosse Reads’ creating community discussion

Reading might not seem like a group activity but, an area organization is making it a community event.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s English department and the La Crosse Public Library are teaming up for “La Crosse Reads,” a community wide book reading.

Avid readers in the area are encouraged to read the same book and then come together during a series of community conversations to discuss it.

Throughout the series of conversations, participants will hear from guest speakers and view films related to the theme of the book.

“It’s a way for us to share some experiences, it’s a way for us to talk about issues that concern all of us and it’s a way for us to dream big about what we can do with our community,” said Kate Parker, coordinator for La Crosse Reads.

The book read is part of a $14,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.