Big Read program begins with Mark Twain classic

Prattville Council President Dean Argo reading from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – The Autauga Prattville Public Library’s Big Read Program started Tuesday night at the City Council meeting with a short reading of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Council President Dean Argo.

“Ladies and gentlemen, if you will indulge me one moment, I get to kick off the Big Read by reading the first couple of paragraphs of Tom Sawyer,” Argo said.

There are four reasons why The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was chosen for the start of the event: it is on school reading lists, the book promotes the idea of community which is a very important aspect of the Big Read, 2010 is the Year of the Small Town, and the book is simply an old favorite.

Barbara Curry, Children and Youth Services librarian at the Prattville library, spoke during the meeting about the Big Read.

“This is a statewide program and most of the libraries in Alabama will be participating,” said Curry. “It’s going on for two months and we’ll have guest speakers, special story times for our children, even a blood drive called ‘blood oath.’”

On February 18, special guest speaker Delores Hydock, an actress and story performer from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will be at the library for a night of storytelling.

Designed to promote reading for pleasure especially among young reluctant readers and to revise the role of literature in popular culture, the Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Article by Melissa Parker

© 2010 Our Prattville. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the express written consent of the publisher.