One Book Community-Wide Reading Programs Directory

The library where I work has just launched its third year of "Tale of Two Cities," a community-wide program in which people are urged to read the same book and engage in discussions. It made me wonder how widespread such programs are, and I found this directory from the Library of Congress Center for the Book. While many of the titles include familiar classics ("To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Huckelberry Finn"), there are some interesting choices. For intstance, I wonder how much community involvement Ithaca, NY got with their 2003 selection, "Antigone."

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One Book Community-Wide Reading Programs Directory

International phenomena - this is going on in Bristol, England and is doing brilliantly.
Here is a news story from SWMLAC www.swmlac.org.uk with the project link at the end:

The Great Reading Adventure 2004
Date: 18-Feb-2004
Source: Creative Bristol

In 2003, over 15,000 took part in the first adventure when we read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, a tale of treachery and thrills with key scenes set in Bristol docks. For 2004, we are reading John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, a chilling fantasy of mysterious lights in the sky, mass blindness, a civilisation on the brink of collapse and carnivorous walking plants. Once again books will be available in schools, libraries, businesses; Creative Bristol has 2,000 to give away; and there are some fantastic competitions and special events.

The Great Reading Adventure is part of Creative Bristol – the initiative delivering Bristol's 2008 capital of culture bid projects.

For further information, visit: www.bristolreads.com/

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