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The First Thanksgiving by flickr user skitpero Thanksgiving…the name of the holiday is a self-descriptor. Giving thanks. This season of reflection joins families and friends all over the nation and asks for pause to remember what is important---or what should be more important. Perhaps that is why...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of the...
A stack of books. Photo by Jamie McCrary The mission of the Big Read is not only to get people reading, but to educate. We want readers to think about, question, and examine what they’re reading! I believe that a good book opens the mind, teaching readers new cultures, ideas, and ways of thinking...
A sign at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, DC. Among the banned words: Amazon and Kindle. Image by J. Rachel Gustafson Twenty thousand books call Capitol Hill Books in Washington, DC. home. The bookshelves they inhabit will remain their main residence until a book-loving individual adopts them and...
A lending library housed in a New York City pay phone. Photo courtesy of John Locke Remember pay phones? A few weeks ago, this story about community libraries installed in pay phones gave me goosebumps. I quickly determined I must speak to the man behind these portable lending libraries. Lo and...
Laura Moulton carting her mobile library. Photo by Jodi Darby Libraries have always been the ultimate symbols of democracy: No matter your income level, education level, or location, libraries are there with open doors, waiting to share their stories with you for free. The only requirement to check...
Alternative On the Road movie poster by Matthew Ferguson of Cakes and Comics . In 1957, On the Road was published and almost instantly, Jack Kerouac was dubbed the voice of the Beat Generation. I read the book for the first time this summer and the rhythm of Kerouac’s prose was energizing---truth...
Book 8 by flickr user ~Brenda-Starr~ If any of you eagle-eyed readers have been watching the Big Read website , you may have noticed something interesting about the new grant application guidelines that were posted last week: three new titles have been added to the list of possible book selections...
October 12, 2012 A photo of the author's "30 Books by 30" list. Photo by J. Rachel Gustafson I graduated from undergrad on a muggy April morning in 2007. No more homework, no more reading, and regular paychecks---yes, sign me up. This was the way of the world. Jobs are for adults and it was my time...
Cover image of One Man's Mea t by E. B. White, courtesy of Tilbury House, Publishers. Photo by Jill Krementz On October 1, 1985, the avuncular writer Elwyn Brooks White left this world for a better place. Almost 30 years and one week later, I wanted to highlight the author of Stuart Little (1945)...

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