Community Book Read: The Animal Keepers

Community Book Read: The Animal Keepers

On Monday, May 7, join the Mid-State Diversity Committee to discuss the book The Animal Keepers, written by local author Donn Behnke. Donn will even be in attendance at the event! Read the book throughout the month of April, and come on May 7 ready to discuss.

The Animal Keepers tells the true story of the Stevens Point High School cross country team and their unforgettable journey through the 1985 season. Joined by first-year runner Scott “The Animal” Longley, a developmentally disabled student living in a group home, the year takes an unexpected turn as this unlikely hero leads them on a quest for the state title. Surrounded by a group of serious and dedicated runners, The Animal sets out to prove he belongs. Driven by his incredible enthusiasm and never-ending optimism, the ‘85 season becomes a voyage of discovery for Scott, his coach, and his teammates as they work to assemble a competitive team from a jumble of spare parts. Told from the perspective of a young coach, this is a book about running, competing, and team building. But at its center, this is the story of a young man with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities who loves to run, loves to compete, and most of all, loves being part of a team.


Monday, May 7
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Stevens Point Campus


Mid-State students: $10 (includes book)
General public: Each participant must purchase his or her own book. Buy it here or rent it from any library, if available.


Email Natasha Miller or call 715.422.5558.

If you have a disability and require accommodations to participate in this activity, contact the event coordinator as soon as possible, ideally 14 days in advance.