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The History of Read Across Lawrence at LPL

RAL logo read across lawrence 400x250Read Across Lawrence uses literature as a springboard to launch community conversations about important issues of our times. Each year, we distribute 1,000 free copies of the selected book and invite cornerstone community institutions to host lectures, panels, discussion groups and film screenings throughout Lawrence.

This annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. In 2012, Read Across Lawrence broadened its scope to include teens and children with books related thematically to the adult selection.

In 2017, in partnership with KU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and KU Libraries, ​we received a $14,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in Lawrence. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Lawrence Public Library is one of 77 organizations to receive a grant to host a NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. The NEA Big Read in Lawrence will focus on In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit The Big Read site. 


Previous Read Across Lawrence selections:

Big Read landing page 2017 In the time of the butterflies   Big Read landing page 2016 In the time of the butterflies   Big Read landing page 2015 Handmaid's Tale

2017 — In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
2016 — The Martian by Andy Weir
2015The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Big Read landing page 2014 Housekeeping   Big Read landing page 2013 worst hard time   Big Read landing page 2012 winter's bone

2014 — Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
2013 — Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
2012 — Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Big Read landing page 2011 to kill a mockingbird   Big Read landing page 2010 kansas curiosities   Big Read landing page 2009 revolutionary heart

2011 — To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2008 — Kansas Curiosities by Pam Grout
2007 — Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols by Diane Eickhoff

Big Read landing page 2008 center of everything   Big Read landing page 2007 blue horses rush in   Big Read landing page 2006 wizard of oz

2006 — The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
2005 — Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories by Luci Tapahanso
2004 — The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Big Read landing page 2005 secrets of the tsil cafe   Big Read landing page 2004 not without laughter   Big Read landing page 2001 having our say

2003 — Secrets of the Tsil Cafe by Tom Averill
2002 — Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
2001 — Having Our Say by Sarah and Elizabeth Delaney