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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 book or watching a movie on the topic of Martin Luther King, Jr. or the Civil Rights Movement, you can enter a free drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Artists of all ages are invited to enter The Great Read Art Contest. Create an original piece of art inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Submit your artwork along with an entry form at a participating library by February 14 for a chance to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries can be any medium (limit 24″ in height and width, a weight limit of five pounds or length of 2.5 minutes). Click here for official Art Contest rules and to download an entry form.

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.