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A Report from the Field: Sonoma County, California

Rohnert Park, California

Cristin Tuider and her son, Dean Jahnsen, receive a free a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile. Photo by  Glen Weaver

The Big Read is rolling in Sonoma. Thanks to the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile, the Sonoma County Big Read, led by Rural California Broadcasting Corporation/KRCB, is giving away free Mark Twain books and program materials to people in rural and low income communities.

Bookmobile director Glen Weaver distributes Big Read reader's and audio guides, posters, and copies of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The bookmobile also has issued a call for donations of books by or about Mark Twain, which it in turn gives away to eager readers.

What's been most surprising to Weaver about The Big Read? ?The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not as ubiquitous as it used to be. When I was a child everyone read it in school," he reported. "Today young people don?t seem to know about it. So it?s been fun watching older people recommend Tom Sawyer to the young. It?s ?Oh, cool, they have Tom Sawyer. You should read this.? Young people are discovering the book and they love it.?

Glen Weaver began the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile in July of 2009  ?to bring books to people free of charge? and to inspire his sons, Edgerrin, 10, and Sylvan, 8. ?I had a great interest in getting them involved in community service as a habit that would last throughout their lives.? When not in school, Edgerrin and Sylvan join their dad in traveling throughout parts of Sonoma County little served by libraries---small communities and rural spots such as Boyes Hot Springs, Roseland, and Jenner.

KRCB's Cheryl Scholar thought Weaver?s project was a natural for The Big Read. ?We kind of just found out about him. He?s reaching a population that doesn?t make it to the library.?

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