The Big Read

The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. This month long event is designed to bring the reintroduce the declining pastime of reading to Americans across the country.

Big Read/One Book

If the book chosen for your community has a film adaptation host a community movie night to watch the film. With an Annual License, it can be shown multiple times at multiple locations. Create a trivia contest by asking attendees to answer multiple-choice questions about differences between the book and movie.

With a Public Performance Site License from Movie Licensing USA, your library can legally show movies in conjunction with the Big Read and similar events. Pair a film screening with a book to movie discussion to encourage reading for enjoyment. Program using these and other books from The Big Read and their related films below.

Programming Ideas

See life through the author
Host a book club featuring works by your favorite authors. After you’ve read their stories, see their lives come to life by featuring a biographical movie from Authors and Writers or use our genre search to find a specific author.

Start a book to movie series
Begin a book to movie club using selections from Check It Out Magazine’s “Paper and Premiere”. You can also find great films that match books and comics in Biographical Movies, Literature and Comic Books.

Learn by location
Plan a series of books, movies and activities based on a geographical location. For example, pair a movie selection from Spain with a book whose plotline is based in Spain. Follow these activities with a themed event like a traditional Spanish dance lesson or prepare a common Spanish meal for your patrons.

Create a book to movie group
Many award winning movies started out as beloved books! Browse Academy Award Winners, Golden Globe Winners for Best Picture or Academy Award Winners For Best Picture to select the critically acclaimed versions of your favorite stories. Invite your patrons to read the story, then watch it unfold during a movie night.

Hold a festival
Plan a festival in an author’s honor. For example, you can delight Shakespeare fans with a Shakespeare festival complete with a selection of movies inspired by William Shakespeare, public performances of his works and activities related to the life of this famous playwright.


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