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K-State Book Network (KSBN)

About the Program

The motto of the K-State Book Network (KSBN) is “A campus on the same page.” It is designed to provide a common experience to help first year students transition from high school to college, grow academically and socially, and share something with all other first year students.

The university acknowledges that transitioning from high school to college can be a challenge for first year students. The purpose of the K-State First program, and KSBN, is to help guide that transition by giving students a common experience with the book and guided academic and social activities. It also sends the message that people in college read books, even ones that are not in their area of study, and that college is fun. 

The events that go along with the books are geared to help students bond over their common reading experience, and learn new things about the book, related themes, K-State and the Manhattan community. It can be a great way for first year students to find common ground and start a conversation both inside and outside the classroom.

Tara Coleman, chair

 The Hate U Give Book coverThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonSpare Parts by Joshua Davis
Wes Moore book title

The Ghost Map book cover

Ready Player One book cover

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


 The Hunger Games