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One Book Read Events

One Book Read
This year's One Book Read is World of Wonders, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. As the culmination of the One Book Read, Nezhukumatathil will visit WKCTC on March 4 and 5, 2024.

On November 13, 2023, participants enjoyed learning more about the poems of Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of "World of Wonders" - the 2023-2024 One Book Read at Dry Ground Brewing. The poetry workshop was led by Britton Shurley, WKCTC Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts, Business, and Social Sciences, and featured reading selections of her work, and writing poems.

WKCTC and the McCracken County Public Library partnered for this event.

Writing on a paper

People sitting at a desk

 a male and female discussing a poem

a male discussing his poem

a group of people discussing poetry

Congratulations to the winners of the In Praise of Wonders and Astonishments Writing Contest, a One Book Read activity celebrating this year's book, World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

We had a record number of entries this year, and the judges remarked that these decisions were very difficult because we had so many excellent submissions to consider.

We will be honoring the winners at a reception celebrating this year's author visit at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the lobby outside Crounse 101 on WKCTC's campus.

We appreciate the support of the Student Life Committee for the financial support of the student prizes. We also want to thank the judges of the contest: Bernard Lewis, Terry Stalions, Mary Maupin, Melissa Reed, Kelly Paul, Amanda Anderson, Guier Millikan, and Kim Russell.

WKCTC Student Essay
1st Place Obioma Uzomba-Ekwuribe
2nd Place Haydyn Pope
3rd (tie) River Murt
3rd (tie) Lucia Reyes

WKCTC Student Poetry
1st A'mareese Esters
2nd Catherine Andrews

Community Essay
1st Kate Lambert
2nd Keila Morris
3rd Ashley Valentine

Community Poetry
1st Melody Holt
2nd Geraldine Marshall
3rd Matt Jaeger

As part of our World of Wonders campus read and discussion, we invite you to participate in our Post-it Note Project! Visit the Student Center, grab a post-it, and tell us your answer to one of the following questions:

  1. What is a plant or an animal that you find fascinating? Why?
  2. Share a favorite place you have traveled and why it is your favorite.

Place your post-it anywhere on the glass wall behind the table. Let's fill the room!

You don't have to put your name on the post-its, but if you participate, be sure to enter to win a gift bag full of great prizes on the entry forms provided! (PLEASE ONE ENTRY PER PERSON FOR THE DRAWING). Winners will be contacted by March 1st.

The Post-it Note Project will run February 1 -29.

Contact Amy Sullivan by email at with any questions or for more information.

The February 21st, 2024 book discussion of World of Wonders at Matheson Library's Read Room was well attended and engaging. A fun trivia contest about animals kicked things off, with the winner receiving a crocheted axolotyl! Reds donuts and coffee were served and WKCTC student Megan Newman won a free copy of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments. 

Person reading from the one book one read book selection

One Book One Read Display

Instructor grading test

Purple crotched animal.

Group of people sitting around a table.