North Carolina Libraries, Vol 62, No 1 (2004)

Wake Reads Together

Frannie Ashburn

Abstract


In 1998, the Seattle Public Library launched “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” This program was designed to get folks in Seattle all reading and talking about the same book at the same time, and it was so successful that it has been widely emulated around the country, including in many North Carolina communities. Wake County Public Libraries developed its community-wide reading program —Wake Reads Together — to encourage people to read and talk about a good book and to become more aware of their library system and the services it offers. This project became the most successful county-wide adult program ever offered by the library and Wake Reads Together is now in its second year. (For 2004 we’re reading Lewis Nordan’s Wolf Whistle, and the book had already been checked out of the library more than 1,000 times by the end of January.)

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