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Community Common Read

Studies show that only 46 percent of all Americans read at least one book per year.  One of Mayor Tim Reed’s goals was to unite the community of Brookings with the South Dakota State University campus and other surrounding communities through “Common Read”. 

The “Common Read” campaign brings members of a community together to read and discuss the same book at the same time.  The objectives of this type of programming are to strengthen community ties and promote literacy. 

Mayor Tim Reed said, “Our goal is to bring together our community and surrounding communities through the shared experience of reading a selected title.  That means you, your neighbors, your friends, co-workers, book clubs and anyone else who enjoys a good story.  The concept behind the “Common Read” program is to celebrate reading one book as an entire community through a series of educationally-enriching and entertaining events.”

The 2014 Campus & Community Common Read selection is "The Good Food Revolution" written by Will Allen, who played professional basketball and was an executive for KFC and Procter & Gamble. Allen cashed in his retirement fund to purchase two acres to create an urban farm in Milwaukee in the early 1990s.  

Allen, who will speak at the SDSU Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm on October 27 as the Griffith Honors Forum Lecture, is the founder and CEO for Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.

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