Program News

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - A Life, A Legacy

This year’s community read focuses on the life and lasting legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, social activist in the civil rights movement and the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.

By attending any Great Read program, or by reading a MLK, Jr. book, you can enter a free drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

In the spirit of giving and peace, please bring canned goods or supplies to the opening and/or closing events to benefit Bags of Hope, Morningstar Mission of Joliet and St. John Food Pantry. Click here for more information.

About The Great Read

The Great Read was started in 2004 as Reading Across Plainfield to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community in the greater Plainfield area.

The program started in September 2004 with Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s science fiction classic about government censorship.

In 2008, Reading Across Plainfield was re-named The Great Read to encourage broader community participation, better reflect the areas served by the participating organizations and emphasize the program’s literary focus.

Click here for a list of previous Great Read books and themes.