Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Burbank Public Library joins THE BIG READ!!!!

The Burbank Public Library
in partnership with
The Huntington Library
invites you to celebrate
September 27 -- November 2, 2008

The BIG READ is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens.

The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

The Huntington Library was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host a Big Read celebration of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. This program is all about reaching out to nonreaders and readers at
risk. It represents a commitment to promote the sheer enjoyment of reading through the writing of an author like Jack London.

As was true during his lifetime, Jack London continues to be an extraordinarily charismatic figure who readily draws readers into his robust tales of adventure. He was himself an
adventurer, who followed his own call of the wild to the Alaskan Klondike, to the South Pacific on a ship he built, and to many parts of the world as a journalist and war correspondent. He read
voraciously and was always convinced that he could learn to do anything, if he could read about it in a book.

The Huntington has enlisted partners whose mandate includes working with, and reaching out to, lapsed or reluctant readers. Partners include libraries, public schools, and community organizations, several of which will serve as venues for the Big Read events. They represent 10 cities in the area: Alhambra, Arcadia, Burbank, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Montebello, San Diego, San Marino, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena.

For a complete list of all the Big Read events, go to The Huntington’s website at www.huntington.org/thebigread/events.htm.

For a complete list of all Burbank Public Library Big Read events, go to http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/Pict/PDF/BigRead08.pdf

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