We’re an organization that encourages county residents of all ages to explore the human condition and the issues of community by reading the same book and discussing it together. Learn more about Centre County Reads.

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 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

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