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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov
February 3, 2010

NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird in March 2010

Libraries, schools, bookstores and other organizations throughout New Hampshire will be holding events during March 2010 as part of “The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird,” a statewide program organized by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that gives communities all over the United States the opportunity to come together and read, discuss and celebrate one of 30 great works of literature.

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.

The Center for the Book is one of 268 nonprofits nationwide—including libraries and municipalities as well as arts, culture and science organizations—to receive a grant to host a Big Read project in this grant round. In 2007, its program “The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads Fahrenheit 451” was one of only two statewide Big Read programs focusing on a single book.

Scheduled events include film screenings, book discussions, a panel discussion on adapting literature to film, presentations by local attorneys and appearances by Atticus Finch himself. Events will take place across the state, in cities and small towns, at 100 different venues.

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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