Albion's Big Read 2015

Program Goals

The Big Read is a program that receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and aims to revitalize reading as an exciting and pleasurable activity for adults and children alike.  The program aims to provide communities with the opportunity to come together and engage through a shared reading experience.  Albion's Big Read program, specifically, has roots that are tied to two primary goals: 

  1. Value and empower youth
  2. Provide opportunities for diverse groups to come together and interact in meaningful ways

Our Sponsors

In 2015, we received $8,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts with over $12,000 in matching funds from local organizations and over $34,000 in in-kind donations. We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors. We could not have done it without you and your support!

Click the sponsor name to learn more about them.

During the entire month of October, these Big Read Student Leaders will be leading community-wide discussions about Ursula Le Guin's, A Wizard of Earthsea. Not pictured: Isabella Hallock


During the entire month of October, these Big Read Student Leaders will be leading community-wide discussions about Ursula Le Guin's, A Wizard of Earthsea.
Not pictured: Isabella Hallock

Meet the Team

Albion's Big Read Student Leaders are rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders from our local community.  These students are, and will continue to be, role models for their peers and the greater Albion community throughout the month-long programming that will take place in October 2015.  However, their commitment and preparation for that leadership began on June 10th, 2015.  We celebrate the spirit and commitment of the following Big Read Student Leaders:
Akaiia Ridley
A'Veion Washington
Cassidy Porter
Cedriana March
Danielle Washington
Ian Lee
Isabella Hallock
Kei'Asianique Hill
Larenz Hill
Leia Williams
Lily Miller
Shi'Terriona Straham

and Terek Straham

Our summer training program would not be possible without the mentorship and commitment from volunteer student mentors from Albion College.  We celebrate the leadership and commitment of the following college student volunteers:
Alana Brinker, Albion College 2015 graduate
Alexis Tillery, Albion College Student
Rhiki Swinton, Albion College Student
Sharla Rider, Albion College Student
and Victoria Della Pia, Albion College Student

Listen to the Town and Gown Podcast with Big Read Committee Member, Mae Ola Dunklin. "I think reading is the key to success for almost anyone," she says.  To listen to the entire podcast, visit http://campus.albion.edu/podcasts/podcast/town-gown-5-mae-ola-dunklin/

Listen to the Town and Gown Podcast with Big Read Committee Member, Mae Ola Dunklin. "I think reading is the key to success for almost anyone," she says.  To listen to the entire podcast, visit
http://campus.albion.edu/podcasts/podcast/town-gown-5-mae-ola-dunklin/

In addition to local youth and college students, Albion's Big Read has been made possible through the unending and generous efforts of a committee made up of college and community leaders.  Albion's Big Read Committee has chosen our Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, designed programming that will begin in October, creatively collaborated among countless local organizations, and continues meeting monthly to further the progress of Albion's Big Read.  
We would like to thank Albion's Big Read Committee for their unending and irreplaceable support of our program:
Kimberly Arndts, assistant director of donor relations and stewardship, Albion College, and vice president, Albion District Library Board of Trustees
Jamie Bernard, head of youth services, Albion District Library
Harry Bonner, executive director, Kids at Hope and Substance Abuse Prevention Services
Michael Culliver, at-risk coordinator, Albion Public Schools
Madeline Drury, assistant director of community programming, Albion College
Mandy Dubiel, director of admissions, Albion College
Mae Ola Dunklin, Albion NAACP and retired Albion educator
Diana Gomez, Albion College 2015 graduate
Dianne Guenin-Lelle, professor of French, Albion College, and chair, Albion Sister City Committee
Tess Haadsma, Albion College 2015 graduate
Joni Parks, teacher at Albion Community School
Jess Roberts, associate professor of English, Albion College, director of Albion's Big Read
Mary Slater, owner, Albion Heritage Bed & Breakfast, and secretary, Friends of the Bohm Theatre Board of Directors
Cindy Stanczak, interim director, Albion District Library
Jerri-Lynn Williams-Harper, superintendent, Albion Public Schools