The group will discuss the impact and significance of the book and also answer questions from audience members. “Old School” is the featured novel in The Big Read this year, with libraries and communities throughout the PLS service area hosting programs and events related to the novel.
This is a good opportunity for members of book discussion groups who dedicate one of their monthly meetings to learn a little more about the book and perhaps see it in a different way. Book discussions are being offered at each PLS library, and are open to anyone who wishes to attend.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to give readers an opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
The Big Read was created in response to reports by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004 and 2007 that found that literary reading in American was declining rapidly among all groups, especially among the young. These declines in reading had civic, social and economic implications: literary readers were more likely to perform volunteer and charity work, visit art museums, attend performing arts events and attend sporting events.
The Pioneer Library System began its annual Big Read event in 2007 featuring “The Grapes of Wrath,” followed by “Bless Me Ultima,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Things They Carried,” and “The Joy Luck Club.” Each title has presented different opportunities for discussion and community partnerships and events.
The Big Read is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Norman Arts Council, University of Oklahoma Outreach, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, LevyMart Public Relations, the Pioneer Library Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.
For more information, go online to www.bigreadok.com.