Vigo County Public Library joining the Big Read program

It's a big day for the Big Read! The Vigo County Public Library is joining this national program to encourage reading.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 5:03 PM
Updated: Mar. 1, 2018 7:03 PM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It's a big day for the Big Read!

The Vigo County Public Library is joining this national program to encourage reading.

In fact, Thursday was the kick off for the Big Read. The library says it's celebrating the novel "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka.

The idea behind the Big Read is to get the entire community reading and discussing the same book. That's why you can pick up a copy of this book for free!

“This book really revolves around a lot of common themes that are being talked about in this day and age, such as discrimination and things like that,” said Elizabeth Scamihorn, Vigo County Public Library. “So, it's a very relevant book even though it's based in 1942."

The book tells the story of one Japanese-American family as they cope with the loss of their home, way of life and freedom during World War II.

There will be a discussion of this book at the Vigo County Public Library on March 14.

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