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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Big Read Begins!

Logo for This Year's Big Read
Ten Libraries in my area plan a community "big read" every year.  Here is the collective web site for The Big Read, including a list of the participating libraries.

This year's title is The Help by Katheryn Stockett, which has been mentioned more than a few times on this blog.

If you are a card holder at one of the 10 member libraries you can start signing up on February 1 for all of the events, including multiple book discussions. Check the website for added content and program descriptions soon.

Not only do I love the book choice this year, I think it is great that these events begin in late winter and go into the spring.  Let's face it, Northern Illinois is cold for many months in a row.  We need exciting indoor activities, and the Big Read and its subsequent programming get people out of the house and interacting with each other, even in below zero weather.

As a patron, I love how this event also gets everyone talking about the same book.  Since it is promoted and spread out over a few months, many people have a chance to read the book.  For example, last year I actually enjoyed the conversations I had about the book more than I liked the book itself.

Thanks to all of the Big Read committee members who work so hard on The Big Read, especially this year's coordinator, Bridget Bittman.

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