This fall, the Big Read Holland Area Committee embarked on a journey to bring one book to many different pockets of Holland, Michigan. With the help of plenty of English teachers, local organizations, and Hope College students and faculty, we successfully brought To Kill a Mockingbird to hundreds of readers. No matter their age or familiarity with the book, Holland residents were encouraged to attend Big Read events and participate in book discussions. Not only were hundreds of copies of the book given away, but hundreds of people from the area attended the Kick-off and Finale events, many of which submitted their own mockingbird art to the community collage revealed at the Art Reception.
The Big Read Holland Area Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in and supported the reading of To Kill a Mockingbird this year. It really was a gift to witness so many people engaging with one uniting text.
We are excited to apply for the NEA Grant again next year! Check back for the reveal of the title of next year’s book!