Read It Forward 2009 to Feature Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
The Birmingham Public Library will launch the 4th annual Read It Forward project in November 2009. Read It Forward is a community-wide reading program designed to encourage reading throughout the City of Birmingham. The concept is based on the book Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is a story about an eighth grader who decides to change the world by doing a good deed for someone and then asks that person to “pay it forward” by doing the same for others.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has been selected for the 2009 Read It Forward campaign. Anne Frank would have been 80 years old this year. Each BPL location will have copies of the books for distribution. Each copy of the book is labeled with the “Read It Forward” logo and instructions for participation.

In order to participate, simply:
  • Visit any Birmingham Public Library location starting November 11 and pick up a free copy of Diary of a Young Girl (while supplies last)
  • Read the book
  • Log on to, click on the Read It Forward link, enter the book's tracking identification number, and leave a comment
  • Pass the book forward for someone else to read it
  • Log on to the library's Website often to track your book as it travels from reader to reader and see what others have to say about the book
For more information on Anne Frank, including a virtual tour of her hiding place, information about her life, and her online museum, visit

For the 2009 Read It Forward, the Birmingham Public Library has partnered with the Birmingham Jewish Federation and the City of Birmingham. If you have any questions, please contact Janine Langston, Literacy and Outreach Coordinator, at (205) 322-6371.

What: Read It Forward featuring Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Where: All Birmingham Public Library locations
Date: Starting November 11, 2009
Cost: Free