The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Fahrenheit 451

March 4, 2009 Washington, DC Here's Ray Bradbury's biographer Sam Weller on what you see when you take a look at Bradbury's desk. [audio: http://www.nea.gov/bigreadblog/audio/LM-013.mp3] Think seeing is believing? Check out Bradbury's desk yourself in the new Big Read film on this library-loving...
February 26, 2009 Washington, DC I remember how thrilling it was to learn how to cross the high-traffic Merrick Boulevard by myself when I was a second grader. (I also remember that when my mother let me cross the street by myself to go to ballet lessons, I made my teacher call her to make sure it...
February 8, 2009 Washington, DC Kansas?s Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (?TSCPL?) has been part of The Big Read family since the pilot phase. I am always impressed with the great displays the library installs in its rotunda to get everyone psyched about that year?s Big Read. Here?s how...
October 15, 2008 Washington, DC In March and April 2008, San Antonio Public Library hosted a Big Read of To Kill a Mockingbird . Mockingbird audiobook narrator Sissy Spacek and fellow Texan Tommy Lee Jones were special guests at the foundation?s recent 25th-anniversary celebration. Jones introduced...
September 17, 2008 From the road a photo blog from David Kipen's Big Ride for The Big Read While his grandmother's staff stuffs another impeccable veggie quesadilla, Patrick Camara, right, brandishes a new book from the Forsyth County Public Library's Big Read booth next door. Photo by David Kipen...
March 21, 2008 Washington, DC Lately, politicians and pundits agree that America seems reluctant to talk about racism in any but the most sensationalistic terms. They're not wrong, either. Quietly though, one city and town at a time, a nationwide program called The Big Read is starting to help...
January 4, 2007 San Francisco, CA Happy New Year from the California desk of the Big Read! I'm newly ensconced here for a few days, drumming up Big Read applications in a few hard-to-reach corners of the country, looking in on the pilot program for The Big Read in Corrections, and hosing down the...
December 4, 2007 Washington, DC Sometimes, even if the picture won't win any prizes, the subjects are the story. Snapped here are Big Read partners Jane Wood and Henry Fortunato, flanking a first edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species . Jane presumably brings the same dynamism to chairing the...
November 20, 2007 Attleboro, MA *Except for Attleboro, MA Just when you think the news about reading can't get any more alarming, a statistic comes along that makes you swallow your gum in amazement. According to the NEA's To Read or Not to Read report landing today, just 31 percent of recent...
November 9, 2007 New Paltz, NY Is a backlog of unwritten blog posts a backblog? I'm pinned under a backblog this morning. I'm also lodged under my usual detritus of books, bedding and Big Read paraphernalia -- lodging this time in New Paltz, NY, where last night I introduced Dr. Margarite Fernandez...

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