One of the main premises of Waukesha's BIG READ is that community reading builds community spirit. When engaging in this years' programs and events we create tangible benefits for ourselves and Waukesha, but we also positively impact military men & women far away from home.
Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell To Arms" is in the spotlight this year. People all over the city are reading and discussing this exciting, classic book set during World War I. The Waukesha Public Library and the BIG READ Steering Committee members chose this title because it was very discussable and had many tie-in opportunities.
One such initiative is "Project Military Comfort." This project provides free copies of Hemingway's book and various comfort items for members of the armed forces in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq who hail from this region. My favorite name for Project Military Comfort is "Books Without Borders." It's a great way for us to reach out to our military friends & families oversees.
This entire week the BIG READ acknowledges veterans, so on Sunday, November 15th, at 3:00 PM, the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra presents a concert called, "A Salute To Our Troops, and The Big Band Era." It happens at Carroll University's Shattuck Auditorium; for ticket information call 547-1858.
For comprehensive information about Waukesha's premier literacy initiative, THE BIG READ 2009, check out this updated website: www.waukeshareads.org, or visit our award-winning public library.