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Roadshow & Tell: Illinois State Library

Springfield, Illinois

Like author Carson McCullers herself, 13-year-old Mick Kelly---the lead character in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter---is obsessed with music. In her most famous novel, McCullers writes, ?But all the time---no matter what she was doing---there was music.? This quote resonated with Central Illinois?s Big Read organizers, inspiring them to make music one of the central themes of their programming for their 2011 Big Read.

On February 15, 2011, Illinois State Library officially launched its Big Read with an evening devoted to music from the Great Depression and from McCullers?s favorite composers. Leading up to this event, the library held the ?Under the Influence: Music That Inspires? contest. Participants submitted stories, poems, videos, or pieces of artwork or mixed media that expressed the influence of music in their lives. The winners were then announced at the kickoff event, which also featured performances by the group Prairieland Voices as well as the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Prairieland Voices performs at The Big Read in Central Illinois?s kickoff event. Photo by Janelle Gurnsey

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra performs at The Big Read in Central Illinois?s kickoff event. Photo by Janelle Gurnsey

Prior to the performances, Big Read organizers presented prizes to the ?Under the Influence: Music That Inspires? finalists. Photo by Janelle Gurnsey

To learn more about music in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, visit The Big Read website. The Big Read in Central Illinois continues through March 30th. For more information, visit Illinois State Library?s website.

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