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

The work of Albion's Big Read begins in June, when our staff and volunteers gather with local 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in the Big Read Youth Leadership Program. Working alongside the Youth Leaders over the summer, our staff and college volunteers prepare them 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. 

Our 2018 Title: X: a Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X, with Kekla Magoon

Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon's X: a Novel tells the story of Malcolm X’s childhood and young adulthood, beginning with his time as child in Lansing, MI and ending with his time in prison in Massachusetts. It allows us to see a towering Civil Rights figure sorting out how to live in an unjust world. The characters and language of X: a Novel will give us all the opportunity to talk openly about things like prejudice, racist language, inequality, choices, diversity, law enforcement, justice, and family.


Book Hubs are places in our community where Albion residents and students can pick up their FREE copy of X: a Novel to keep, share, and READ! Our 2018 Book Hubs are at the following locations:

  • Albion District Library (501 S. Superior Street)
  • The Charles Snyder Center (1300 Cooper Street)
  • Albion City Hall (112 W. Cass Street)
  • Pure Albion (410 S. Superior Street)
  • Albion College English Department (4th floor of Vulgamore Hall, intersection of Hannah Street & Cass Street)