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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2010
Mary Russell, Center for the Book at the NH State Library
NH Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-2866
mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov

March is “Big Read” Month in NH

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library asks everyone in New Hampshire to come together in March and read Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

As part of “The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird,” libraries, schools, bookstores and other organizations across the Granite State will be holdingnearly 200 events throughout the month, includingbook discussions, film screenings, a panel discussion on adapting literature to film, presentations by local attorneys, programs on topics related to the themes of the novel and appearances byAtticus Finch himself.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library received a grant from the NEA to coordinate this statewide project. The Center for the Book chose to focus on To Kill a Mockingbird not only because it is a great coming of age story but also because of the many topics of discussion it inspires: who is a hero, the importance of standing up for what is right, the role of defense attorneys in society, relationships between the races, courage, justice and more.

For more information about “The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird,” including the calendar of events taking place throughout the state, links to follow the project on Twitter and Facebook, information about the many project partners and links to the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read site, visit www.bigreadnh.org.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy and the literary heritage of New Hampshire, and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

The NEA, which designed The Big Read as a way to restore reading to the center of American culture, presents the program in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for the Big Read is provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about “The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird” or the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, please contact Mary Russell, 603-271-2866, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov.

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