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The Big Read

The Big Read is a project of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read has become the largest literary program in the history of the federal government. Learn more about The Big Read .

In 2010, Missoula Public Library was one of 75 libraries across the country selected to receive a grant for a Big Read community reading project. Missoula read Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and participated in a month-long exploration of the novel through related events and activities. Over 50 organizations took part in the Big Read, with over 5600 people attending programs!  This program continued in 2012 with My Antonia by Willa Cather, and again in 2014 with The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.  This year Missoula Public Library is proud to once again participate in the Big Read.

Learn more about this year's Middle Read

Learn more about this year's Little Read

The Big Read 2016

From September 18th through October 15th, MPL invites you to take part in Missoula's fourth Big Read project by reading Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

Free Books! A limited number of free copies of the book will be distributed beginning September 1st at the following locations:

Discuss the Big Read

Once you’ve read Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, join in a discussion of at any of these times and locations.

Please call the library at 721-2665 for more information.

Related events, lectures, workshops, and exhibits will be taking place across Missoula County and the surrounding areas September 18th through October 15th. View a full listing of Big Read events here.

The Big Read encourages readers young and old to pick up a book, explore its themes, and share the experience with others. Book discussion guides, teacher's guides, and additional background information on Louise Erdrich and Love Medicine are available for free. Click here to learn more.

Books with similar themes to Love Medicine have been chosen for younger readers so that teachers and students, parents and children, and readers of all abilities can take part in this exciting community program.