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About Peoria Reads!

Peoria Reads! is modeled after 'one city, one book' projects first launched by well-known librarian Nancy Pearl at the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library in 1998. In cities around the nation, a coalition of organizations promote the reading of the same, significant book at the same time by their residents of high school age through senior citizens. Readers then participate in events such as book discussion groups, appearances by the author and other special events. For a glimpse at other cities' reading projects and books chosen, visit the Library of Congress web site at http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/one-book.html.

Common Place and the Peoria Public Library are the lead partners in Peoria Reads! with dynamic involvement from many other Community Partners. Books are chosen and events are planned each year by members of the coalition which meets throughout the year.