About Our Program

The Big Read is a program that received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts for the last two years. Our goal is 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 shared reading experiences. In 2016, Albion was one of 77 cities nationwide to sponsor NEA Big Read. 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

Visit the National Endowment for the Arts website (neabigread.org) to learn more about NEA Big Read nationwide.

“[They] felt a deep and real sense that the Big Read was theirs. And it was. It is theirs—it is all of ours. ...We were there together, sharing space, shaking hands, listening to music—all because of the arts and NEA Big Read. The more I have worked on NEA Big Read in Albion, the more convinced I am that community gets made in ordinary, yet extraordinary, interactions like these.”
— Jess Roberts, Director of Albion's Big Read, 2016 Final Report

About Our 2016 Title: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) is a dystopian novel about a world in which the government seeks to destroy books. It tells the story of an ordinary man named Guy Montag who starts the novel burning books for a living and ends it risking his life to protect them. His experience is a testament to the way books can ignite our minds, connect us to others, and create community. 


"Book Hubs" are places in our community where folks in Albion (residents and students alike) can pick up their FREE copy of our 2016 Big Read book, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Book Hub locations are posted in September.

Albion 451

Albion 451 is a photo project that documented our amazing city. Each photograph featured two things:

  1. A place in Albion that strikes whoever is taking the photo as particularly important
  2. This year's Big Read flame logo

The project started as a part of the 2016 Big Read Summer Leadership Program. Our leaders took a series of fantastic photos and videos that you can find here

Albion 451 took on a life beyond the camp, and we want to recruit you. Here's what to do:

  • Download and print our flame by clicking here
  • Take photos of places in Albion that matter to you with the flame
  • Post them in Instagram with the hashtag #Albion451