Community Read events will run at several locations in April


The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club are sponsoring Muskegon County Community Read 2023: “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, in partnership with Muskegon Area District Libraries (MADL), Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Fruitport District Library, and the Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague.

Dr. Kimmerer brings her training as a botanist and membership of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation  to show how we need a wider ecological consciousness that acknowledges a reciprocal relationship with nature.

A scientist, professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she lives in Syracuse, NY, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

The program, that got under way in March, will feature in-person book discussions at the following locations in April:

April 5, 6 p.m.: Ravenna MADL book club. Contact Gina Braspenninx,

April 5, 6 p.m.: The Book Nook & Java Shop book club. Contact: Andrew Kuharevicz, (231) 894-5333.  

April 6,10:30 a.m.: Norton Shores MADL branch book club. Contact: Holly Pelkey,  

April 11, 12:30 p.m.: Fruitport District Library. Contact: Matt Lubbers-Moore, (231) 366-6107.   

April 12, 6 p.m.: White Lake Community Library. Contact: Amy Morris-Jones, (231) 894-9531.   

April 25, 6 p.m.: Holton branch MADL book club. Contact: Christina Le Vey-Rowland,  

April 26, 6 p.m.: Dalton branch MADL book club. Contact: Rachel Church,   

April 24, 5:30 p.m.: Hackley Public Library. Contact: Mary Ruge, (231) 722-8005.

The Book Nook & Java Shop offers a 20% discount  for book club members.

MADL will offer four “Book Club in a Bag” Kits, available for checkout for established MADL book clubs and discussions. MADL also has individual copies of the book available for checkout at all branches.

For more information on the program, email Tonya Cabala at or call (231) 798-5196.


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