BC Reads is the first county-wide reading event in Baltimore County. Sponsored by BCPL with support from the Foundation, 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 mission of BC Reads is to promote community-wide discussion through reading and the arts. Says BCPL Director Paula Miller, "BC Reads brings all of the library’s mission together – exploring a topic through diverse narratives and perspectives; learning some facts and real experiences related to the theme; creating community as we all read and discuss the same books; and connecting authors with their readers by bringing them to BCPL."
The Foundation supports BC Reads with direct funding through a grant, as well as assisting in seeking sponsors for additional funding.
Please join us in welcoming our newest board member, Susan Waxter. Susan retired from BCPL in 2013 after 10 years…Read More