A Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program
Vermont Reads 2011
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
– Atticus Finch, to daughter Scout
and son Jem
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those rare books that can be read and reread without losing the sense of wonder we feel when first discovering it.
More than a story of race, class, and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird is a story of innocence, prejudice, parental love, and moral development. Perhaps above all, it is a story of integrity and courage. Join us, and join your neighbors, in discovering and rediscovering this classic story of the moral awakening of a young girl that parallels the moral reawakening of a country.
Vermont Reads brings communities together to read a book and do activities centered around it. Each year sixty or more Vermont towns from around the state get involved with Vermont Reads.
Be sure your town takes part in this community-wide project. Schools, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. Partnerships with organizations and businesses are encouraged. Communities receive free books as well as resources and publicity materials.
Vermont Reads 2011 is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.
Involve Your Community
• RECEIVE at no cost copies of To Kill a Mockingbird for your community with a Vermont Reads 2011 seal on the cover (up to 75 copies--depends on the project’s size and scope). (To purchase additional books at a discount, contact VHC).
• ATTEND special Vermont Reads 2011 events in the spring and fall.
• HOST a book discussion and staged readings; explore the history of the Civil Rights movement; invite students and community members to create oral histories; organize art projects or outdoor activities based on the book.
• LISTEN to a Vermont Public Radio feature about the book, its themes, and its author.
Your Community Also Receives
• Program ideas, discussion guides, recommended books for all ages, and links to Web resources.
• Vermont Reads stickers and bookmarks.
• Poster templates for promoting events.
• Publicity assistance through the VHC media calendar, press releases, and website.
• Publicity via VPR on its website.
• Contact names upon request of prior Vermont Reads project directors who are happy to share tips for making your project successful.
VHC is offering audio CDs of To Kill a Mockingbird for loan to any organization participating in the Vermont Reads program. E-mail Angelica Caterino or call 802.262.2626 x304 to borrow a copy.
2011 Application, Details, and Resources
Vermont Reads 2011 Sponsors
With support from the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation