Book Discussion Programs

Becoming American—New Immigration Stories

At this time in American history, our country is becoming increasingly diverse and the need for understanding of all cultural traditions is of immense importance.

One Book, One Community

The ALA Public Programs Office has developed several resources for librarians building community-wide reading programs, including a CD containing an extensive planning guide and customizable graphics for “One Book” programs.

Available “One Book, One Community” resources:

The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.


Civic Discussions

The Center for Civic Reflection has an excellent collection of online resources, including a how-to guide for the entire process; a searchable database with several hundred suggested readings for civic reflection; and a forum for facilitators to learn from each other.

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