The Portage Communiteen Read is a community read event developed in collaboration by Portage Public Schools, the Portage District Library and Bookbug & This is a bookstore. We choose books that are cross-generational for our youth and adults to read together.

The mission of the Portage Communiteen Read is to create a shared reading experience for teens, teachers, families, and community members by inviting best selling authors to Portage. 


The vision of the Portage Communiteen Read is to create a strong connection between teens and the community through the shared enjoyment of reading.

2019/2020 Event List

Reading Reynolds : 4th to 6th Grade Book Club

Wednesday, February 12th, March 11th | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

(REGISTRATION REQUIRED) 4th-6th grade students will read and discuss his middle grade books. Books and dinner will be provided. To register, please call (269) 585-8740.

Location: Portage District Library


Long Way Down: A Poetry Workshop Hosted by RAWK (7th-12th Grade)

Tuesday, March 3rd | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

(REGISTRATION REQUIRED) 7th-12th grade students will learn writing tips and tricks from Read and Write Kalamazoo at this free poetry workshop. To register, please call (269) 585-8740.

Location: Portage District Library


Finding Peace During War

Thursday, March 5th | 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Former gang members living in Kalamazoo, Michael (Too Short) Wilder and Yafinceio (Big B) Harris, will share their perspectives on forgiveness at this viewing of Peace During War, a documentary film directed by WMU Professor Jennifer Machiorlatti.

Location: Portage District Library 

Art Hop at Bookbug / this is a bookstore

Friday, March 6th | 5:00-7:00 PM

Featuring original artwork created by high school students based on themes in the book Long Way Down. 

  How can I get Involved?


Read the current book selection!


Join us for one of the scheduled events leading up to the author visit. 


Create a book club or just talk about it with others.


Read with a teen! 


We are always looking for sponsors. PDF contains details.

Meet The Team

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