BC Reads is the first county-wide reading event in Baltimore County. Sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library with support from the Foundation and community partners, BC Reads connected people of all ages in reading, discussing and experiencing books and community in a different way.
In it's inaugural year, BC Reads chose the theme "Rise Up," a response to the uprising and unrest in Baltimore. Five books were chosen for various age groups and types of readers. Approximately 1000 people attended 29 programs exploring issues of race through stories of learning and growing, of rising up through adversity and of connecting with one another. The wide variety of programs included author visits, community forums, film discussions, poetry workshops and book discussions.
The second annual BC Reads' theme of BC Reads 2017 was Eat Up! It used the culinary arts to connect and explore literacy and creativity.
The Foundation supports BC Reads with direct funding through a grant, as well as assisting in seeking sponsors for additional funding.