MORE THAN BOOKS AND BUILDINGS
A single book can create a breakthrough that changes the course of a teen's life. Everybody Reads is a far-reaching program designed to encourage conversation about a single, thought-provoking topic. The goal: to allow students and adults the opportunity for learning and reflection, and to foster a deeper understanding of one another.
In 2019, teens read the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and had the chance to hear her speak. Books went into more than 30 schools and community organizations, allowing the library to reach nearly 5,000 teens, including those who live in high-poverty neighborhoods. For many, it was the first book they had read cover to cover.
Everybody Reads helps teens enter as equals into a community dialogue on topics that matter. The opportunity to read and discuss a book, and then meet an author, can be a life-changing event.
Gifts to The Library Foundation have made this program possible since its inception in 2003.