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The Big Read by the (Big) Numbers

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Local students worked on a Bless Me, Ultima-themed mural during Pasquotank-Camden Library's Big Read. Photo courtesy of the library.

It may have seemed a bit optimistic to call The Big Read "big" during the 2006 pilot phase when only 10 organizations hosted activities around four classic American novels. What a difference three years can make! Thanks to Arts Midwest, here's a selected statistical sampling from The Big Read 2008-2009.

208: Number of grants for The Big Read from September 2008 through June 2009

33: Number of Big Reads on To Kill a Mockingbird (the most popular book for the 2008-2009 grant cycle)

303: Number of days in The Big Read grant cycle 2008-2009

11,447: Number of Big Read events

3,666: Number of Big Read book discussions

811,428: Number of children and adults who attended 2008-2009 Big Read events

6,469: Number of organizations that partnered with grantees to host Big Read activities

10,905: Number of volunteers who worked on the more than 11,000 Big Read events in 2008-2009

637: Number of media hits on The Big Read 2008-2009 (includes July and  August 2009 grant announcements)

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