About The Big Read

Last Updated: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

logoIn 2005 The Dayton Metro Library partnered with The Friends of the Library, Books & Co., Project READ, the Dayton Daily News Partners in Education and others for the very first Big Read program in our area.  Inspired by the American Library Association's One Book, One Community and the Washington Center for the Book, which hosted the first such program in 1998, the goal was simple: bring people together to read and talk about the same book.

“There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic backgrounds, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them. This project provides that opportunity."
                - Nancy Pearl, Washington Center for the Book

The Big Read begins each fall when a selection committee, after reading many books and book reviews, offers a slate of finalists for the next Big Read title. The winning book is chosen by public vote online and in participating libraries and in bookstores.  

Book discussions will take place at libraries, schools, bookstores and other venues throughout the Miami Valley, as friends, neighbors, students and strangers read and talk about the same great book.