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Since 1998, when Seattle asked its residents to read Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter, the idea of a community reading and talking about the same book has spread across the United States and to countries as far away as Australia. The idea spawned "One City, One Book" events, county- and state-wide programs, and even the nationwide All America Reads and Canada Reads projects.
Centre County's efforts began early in 2002 when a group of book folks from the library, education, literacy, and bookstore communities began to discuss the merits of a county-wide effort to share a book. In 2003, Centre County residents read and discussed Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The community response was terrific, and so the project continued.
Centre County Reads encourages county residents of all ages to explore the human condition and the issues of community by reading the same book and coming together in discussions anytime, anywhere, with anyone.
Centre County Reads selects books that…
- promote meaningful discussion for a wide range of ages,
- are reflective of universal issues common to the majority of Centre County residents,
- are written at a reading level accessible to emerging adult readers, and
- are available in a variety of formats, including an inexpensive paperback edition that is readily obtainable.
Centre County Reads is a joint effort by several local libraries, school districts, organizations, and businesses. Representatives from those groups organize the event, and supported by local generous sponsors and community volunteers.
|Chair:||Maria Burchill, Adult Services Department Head, Schlow Library|
Barnes & Noble Bookstore of State College
365 Benner Pike
State College, PA 16801
Bellefonte School District
318 North Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Center For American Literary Studies--Penn State
153 Burrowes Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Centre County Library & Historical Museum
200 North Allegheny Street Bellefonte, PA 16823 814.355.1516
Centre Daily Times
Penns Valley Area School District4528 Penns Valley Road Spring Mills, PA 16875 814.422.2000 http://www.pennsvalley.org/
Philipsburg-Osceola School District
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book
Schlow Centre Region Library
State College School District