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You can help select Shepherd’s next Common Reading book

ISSUED: 9 February 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Common Reading program is asking students, faculty, staff, parents, and members of local community to help select the book for the 2015-2016 school year. For eight years Shepherd has offered a Common Reading program where everyone is encouraged to read the same book; 2015-2016 will be the ninth.

“The Common Reading Program strives to provide a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, staff, and the  community,” said Shannon Holliday, program coordinator. “By reading and exploring the themes in one book over the course of an academic year, we are creating a sense of community, encouraging reading, fostering dialogue, promoting critical engagement of ideas, setting academic expectations, and introducing participants to diverse and thought-provoking concepts.”

There are five semi-final books under consideration for next year’s common reading. They are:

The Common Reading program, which is supported by the Shepherd University Foundation, also sponsors a variety of activities throughout the academic year that are based on the theme of the book that’s chosen. Professors are encouraged to incorporate the book into their curriculum.

“The Common Reading continues to thrive as one of Shepherd’s most visible and unifying programs, bringing us all together for a common purpose and shared conversation,” Holliday said. “Active involvement from all members of both the campus and community make it an exciting, collaborative, and communal experience.”

All five books under consideration for next year are available at the Scarborough Library, Shepherd Bookstore, and Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, which is offering a 15 percent discount for those mentioning the program. Anyone can place a vote by going online to and following the link at the top of the page. Each person may only vote once. The book receiving the most votes by March 31 will be the next Common Reading selection.

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