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July 24, 2009 Washington, DC (Photo by e_walk from Flickr Creative Commons) Here's more in our continuing series of responses to the prompt: " Marching into battle?literally or metaphorically?what things might you carry? It's your choice to tell or not to tell why you select what you do." Today we'...
July 23, 2009 Washington, DC The title of Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried comes from the book's opening section in which we are introduced to First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Dave Jensen, Ted Lavender, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Kiowa, and the narrator Tim...
July 22, 2009 Washington, DC Marilynne Robinson was the guest of honor at Marshall Public Library's Big Read of Housekeeping, her first published novel. Today I'm diving into The Big Read audio archive (again) to bring you author Bret Lott on Marilynne Robinson. (Lott, whose novel Jewel was an...
July 21, 2009 Washington, DC Founded in 1683, Orange County, New York, is home to The Orange County Library Association, which hosted a community dance, presented a concert of music by Woody Guthrie, staged a reading of the novel, and convinced local antique auto aficionados to show off their...
July 20, 2009 Washington, DC The three-peat Big Readers at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana, most recently hosted a celebration of Jack London's The Call of the Wild . The library's project comprised five libraries, including one in Illinois, and 21 schools ranging from...
July 15, 2009 Washington, DC The University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) serves the state's Rio Grande Valley, a largely Mexican-American region in south Texas. With a student body of approximately 18,000, many of whom are first-generation collegians, UTPA was one of the 208 organizations...
July 6, 2009 Washington, DC A careful observer of personnel on The Big Read audio guides will notice that The Big Read authors often show up on each other?s guides talking about the ways they?ve inspired and encouraged each other, either in person or through the example of their work. Ray Bradbury...
June 30, 2009 Washington, DC I admit it: I have a huge crush on Ray Bradbury. Not only is he a superfan of the public library system, but I hear he?s written a classic book or two (or nearly 100 and counting!), like Fahrenheit 451 , one of the four novels that helped us launch The Big Read back in...

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