Friday, February 08, 2013

Read It Forward - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

In honor of Birmingham's celebration of 50 Years Forward, Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring Read It Forward - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. Birmingham Public Library will have copies of the book available the Central Library and at each branch location. You may pick up a copy, read it, post a comment on the website and then pass it on to a friend to read.  

The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a story of a family whose roots are in Birmingham but live in Flint, Michigan. In the summer of 1963 they travel to Birmingham to visit Grandma. They witness first hand the dramatic events that changed the course of American and world history. The story is told by ten-year-old Kenny. His point of view makes for an emotionally satisfying reading experience. A good read for all ages, especially appropriate for families. The video below is a short introduction to the story. Watch it now and visit the library to get a copy for yourself.

"Read It Forward” is a special project of the Birmingham Public Library. This community-wide reading program is designed to encourage reading throughout the City of Birmingham. The Read It Forward concept is based on the book Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde, which 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.

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