The Big Read Blog (Archive)

To Kill A Mockingbird

May 28, 2009 Pomona, CA This spring California's Cal Poly Pomona Foundation put on a Big Read of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird . The foundation teamed with the city's library and cultural arts commission to make The Big Read part of the city's 2nd Annual Chalk Art Festival through a student...
May 8, 2009 Kelleys Island, OH Kelleys Island, Ohio, did it. They did it. Everybody on this small, ice-locked Lake Erie island -- but everybody -- read To Kill a Mockingbird last month, all 134 of them. What started as a reckless challenge I tossed out at last year's Big Read orientation turned...
May 7, 2009 Cleveland, OH Cleveland, Ohio?s Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (YANEO) partnered with Warrensville Heights Middle School for a Big Read of Harper Lee?s To Kill a Mockingbird in an effort to boost the reading proficiency of students who had scored below the state standard for reading...
April 6 , 2009 Kelleys Island, OH Through April 12 Matthew Modine is starring as Atticus Finch in Hartford Stage Company?s production of To Kill a Mockingbird , part of Hartford Public Library?s spring Big Read. Modine took a break from Atticus to share his personal response to ?Why read?? Matthew...
March 27, 2009 Washington, DC This spring, Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association is sponsoring The Big Read Scioto County, a Midwestern celebration of Harper Lee?s To Kill a Mockingbird . Today?s Roadshow and Tell features just a few of the sublime projects created by students at South Webster...
March 25, 2009 Ohio & Kentucky One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of The Big Read team is having the opportunity to perform site visits with communities during their programming. It reminds us of why this program is so powerful in reaching out to whole communities. The Southern...
March 23, 2009 Washington, DC In all the justifiable frenzy attending Kelleys Island?s steady march toward getting all 128 islanders to read To Kill a Mockingbird , let?s not overlook some fine work going on in a few other burgs. Just across a few acre-feet of Lake Erie, for example, the Erie...
March 16, 2009 Kelleys Island, OH Remarkable what a little baggypants gimmickry will do. Last month, the Erie County, Ohio, Big Read challenged all 128 winter residents of Kelleys Island to read To Kill a Mockingbird . I casually vowed that if everybody on Kelleys Island didn't read a copy, I would...
March 12, 2009 Kelleys Island, Ohio "A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside us." -- Kafka Between now and April, all 128 Ohioans living on Kelleys Island will read To Kill a Mockingbird , or I'll eat a copy of the book. Probably I shouldn't say that. A few renegade islanders may feel a low...
March 5, 2009 Washington, DC This spring Hartford Public Library in Hartford, Connecticut, is hosting a Big Read of To Kill a Mockingbird . According to local news sources, Hartford's Big Read is boasting the participation of 25 local libraries along with a host of other partners. Hartford Stage...

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