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The Big Read 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird

The 2014 Big Read title is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Free copies of the novel will be available in late September at your library.
What Is a Community Read?
A Community Read is a book club for the entire city, cultivating a culture of reading and discussion in Irving by bringing people together around great works of literature.

Designed to restore reading to the center of American culture, Irving adopted the annual community reads in response to Irving’s strategic goal of “[promoting] effective communication among all members of the community.” Each community read continues to draw in new customers and engage the established customer base while encouraging literacy and community bonding.

Occurring in October, each year Irving Public Library hosts a variety of events for all ages that help bring the books and story themes alive. Partnering with organizations like the Irving Independent School District, National Scouting Museum, North Lake Community College, Barnes & Noble, Carter Blood Center, Four Seasons Hotel & Resort, City of Irving Animal Services, and Irving Recreation Centers, as well as other city departments and civic organizations, the Community Reads move out beyond the Library and into the community allowing the Library to continually reach new audiences.

The community reads have grown tremendously in Irving, each building on the past initiatives. The inaugural read in 2006 had over 400 community members participate. In 2009, the initiative grew to over 4000 participating. The number of free books distributed to the community during promotional activities and events has increased, as well, with over 3900 books given out to readers of all ages.

Each year the community reads feature a program website with information on the selected title, the author, schedule of events, additional resources and more.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Previous Community Read Titles

Irving's Big Read

2012: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

2011: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

2010: The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

2009: poetry and stories of Edgar Allan Poe

2008: The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett

One Book, One Irving
2007: The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

2006: The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Irving's Community Reads
Sponsorship Opportunities
Are you interested in sponsoring a community read? For more information about community, corporate or media sponsorship opportunities, please call (972) 721-3502 or email

The library would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make Irving's Community Reads a success:

City of Irving
Friends of the Library
Irving ISD
NEA Big Read
Irving Black Arts Council
Irving Heritage Society
Glory House
Half Price Books
Jefferson Street Bed and Breakfast Inn
National Scouting Museum