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 will be in April, 2017. The theme of BC Reads 2017 is Eat Up! The titles chosen emphasize how food reflects on and influences our history, future, culture, and environment, and impacts relationships with our family, communities, and ourselves. BC Reads: Eat Up! will use the culinary arts to connect and explore literacy and creativity. Throughout April, BC Reads will bring our county together with events, including author visits and book discussions, which will encourage conversation and a deeper connection to one another. Our community will have the opportunity to EXPLORE the issue of food insecurity, LEARN about sustainable seafood from the National Aquarium, CREATE a plan for healthy food habits and behaviors, and CONNECT with food bloggers, and so much more.
The Foundation supports BC Reads with direct funding through a grant, as well as assisting in seeking sponsors for additional funding.