Albion’s Big Read: The Program

Albion's Big Read is a month-long community reading initiative that aims to engage children, teens, and adults through shared reading experiences. We have two primary goals:

  • Value and empower youth

  • Provide opportunities for diverse groups to come together and interact in meaningful ways

Albion’s Big Read Youth Leaders are the anchor of our program. They are local 8th, 9th, and 10th graders who are nominated to participate in the program by teachers and community leaders.

Our work begins in June, when our staff and college volunteers gather for the Big Read Youth Leadership Program. Working over the summer, Youth Leaders prepare to facilitate community-wide book discussions that occur in the fall.

Albion's Big Read officially opens to the public in October. The month begins with a Kick-Off Parade and Celebration. The rest of the month brings youth-led book discussions, hosted by community organizations, along with read alouds, celebrations, parades, speakers, concerts, films, partner events, and more! Check out our event calendar to stay updated.