The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Taking a Look Back (before Taking a Brief Hiatus)

Washington, DC

Over the last year people across the country have been inspired by The Big Read to put down their books (but only temporarily, we hope) and take up their paintbrushes, cameras, and even duct tape to create works of art inspired by their communities? Big Read book. Here are a few of my favorites from the past year:

During the month of March work by 38 of art teacher Linda Stewart?s students was on display in the Caldwell Public Library as part of the community?s Big Read of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. ?It was all, ?Oh, Mrs. Stewart,? rolling their eyes, and whining, ?This is hard?,'"said Stewart about telling her students at Mount St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, New Jersey, that they would be creating photographs inspired by the 19th-century poet for The Big Read. Elisabeth Lembo?s photograph (above) was inspired by ?The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls.? (Read the full post here.)


Arizona artist-writer Quinn McDonald took part in West Valley Arts Council?s Big Read of Ray Bradbury?s Fahrenheit 451. Several local artists were invited by the council to create altered books reflecting the novel?s themes for display in local library branches. (Read the full post here.)


The Bluebonnet Regional Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library hosted a Blue Tarp/Duct Tape Fashion Show on March 20th as part of their community?s The Great Gatsby Big Read. To prepare for the show, teens consulted the library?s catalogs and books of flapper fashions from the Roaring ?20s. Then the contestants created their own looks, Big Read-style. Photo by Mary Stein (Read the full post here.)

School's out for the summer, and so are we! Expect to see The Big Read blog back in action around the end of August as we kick off the 2010-2011 Big Read!


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