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The Big Read Kicks Off the Month of April

The Springfield-Greene County Library District is starting off the month of April in a big way. KSMU reporter Chasity Mayes tells us how a community wide literacy program is bringing people closer together with a children’s book.

Click here to learn more about the Big Read.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve read a children’s book, the library district hopes this is the month that will change. The Big Read is an annual program created by the district to motivate members of the community to read and discuss issues raised in a particular book.

“One book one community, and we encourage everyone possible in the community to read the same book.”

That’s Kim Flores, manager of the Republic Branch Library. She says there are many ways to get involved with “The Big Read.”

“And then to talk about it with their neighbors or come to a book discussion at the library, or attend a library program to really delve into the book a little bit more,” says Flores.

This year’s book is “A Long Way From Chicago,” by Newberry-Winning author Richard Peck. It was chosen by the Big Read Committee because both young and old readers can relate to it. Flores described the book as being very readable for young people while offering a deeper, more meaningful storyline for mature audiences.

Many events are being held throughout the month of April to encourage the community to participate in the literacy program, including a meet and greet with the author that will take place on April 29th at The Library Center.

Flores says although many people will purchase the book, the library does order extra copies of the selection to accommodate those who prefer to borrow it.

For more information on the program and the numerous events that go along with it, you can visit our website at

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.