Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Big Read

One of the most exciting trends in libraries all over the country has been Big Reads. A Big Read is where all readers in a city get together to read a single title, and then discuss it. Can you imagine being able to mention the book you're reading with a total stranger, and have a good chance of getting a great discussion out of it?

In the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, The Big Read coincides with Reading Las Vegas, the adult reading program in April. This year the title we're reading in Las Vegas is The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Gatsby is an incredible book that brings to life the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, Flappers, Prohibition, Gangsters (like Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Lucky Luciano), and the free and easy lifestyle between the end of World War I and the Great Depression.

Visit your library starting on April 1st to get your free copy of The Great Gatsby. The National Endowment for the Arts has provided copies that you can take home and keep! Supplies are limited, so visit your library as early in April as you can.

Then, attend some of the great events your library has planned during The Big Read! Want to learn to dance the Lindy Hop? Solve a live-action murder mystery? See any of the amazing authors (John O'Hurley, Chris Bohjalian, and many more!) visiting a library near you in April? Your library has it all!

We'll be talking all about The Great Gatsby and the Roaring 20s right here, starting in April. We're looking forward to seeing you!

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