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Big Read brings Tom Sawyer to a million people across state

April 20, 2010

You’ve got 10 more days to join be one of a million Alabamians who are rediscovering childhood dreams through reading and their local libraries as part of The Big Read. Through April 30, a series of special performances, lectures, contests and discussion groups have all been focused around the classic novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain.

The goal is to bring literature back to a central role in our culture and into individual lives, according to Pat Ryan, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. “We have partners across the state and across the country, all encouraging people to read for pleasure and to learn about themselves and their world,” she said.

Those are good goals, as we face a decline in reading among all age groups, especially the young. Focusing on a single book each year gives citizens a way to inspire reading and discussion within their communities.

You can join the crowds at Linn Park for Magic City Art Connection this weekend and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, for one last chance to be part of The Big Read. Or click here for events throughout Jefferson County in local libraries from Homewood to Bessemer, as we celebrate another great way to love our community.

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  1. July 28, 2011 5:25 am

    Awesome article over again! I am looking forward for your next post.

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