The Big Read Blog (Archive)


May 7, 2009
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, Ohio?s Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (YANEO) partnered with Warrensville Heights Middle School for a Big Read of Harper Lee?s To Kill a Mockingbird in an effort to boost the reading proficiency of students who had scored below the state standard for reading proficiency. Students and community members read and celebrated the novel with a range of activities including live readings, book discussions, a visit from Harper Lee expert Charles Shields, and a school residency with YANEO theater artists.

Courtesy of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (and ace photographer Stacy Goldberg), here are some snaps from Cleveland?s Mockingbird read.

Students at Warrensville Heights Middle School picketed with signs about To Kill A Mockingbird in front of their school, garnering a lot of curiosity and awareness about The Big Read. This effort helped encourage the entire community to become engaged in reading the book.

Students worked with a Young Audiences theater artist to act out scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird at the Cuyahoga County Public Library ? Warrensville Heights Branch. Here they are creating a tableau around vocabulary words from the book.

Two female students and two adult women in a line reading from print outs of passages from the book

Former Warrensville mayor Marcia Fudge (now a U.S. Representative) and the late U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones read a scene from To Kill a Mockingbird with students from Warrensville Heights Middle School. Congresswoman Tubbs-Jones reflected on her career in the courtroom as a trial lawyer and judge, and how To Kill a Mockingbird was one of her favorite books as it brings the excitement of the courtroom to students through reading. She captivated the audience by reading a few of her favorite passages in her spirited, winning way.

There?s still time to catch a Mockingbird read in Portsmouth, Ohio (Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association), Pensacola, Florida (West Florida Literary Federation), Houston, Texas (Harris County Public Library), Hartford, Connecticut (Hartford Public Library), Whitewater, Wisconsin (Young Auditorium), or Corona, California (Corona Public Library.) Visit The Big Read calendar for details.