Friday, March 18, 2011

"Milton Reads" Photo Shoot, Kick-off, and More!

Milton Public Library is sponsoring their 3rd Annual “Milton Reads” city-wide reading project in cooperation with a Big Read grant led by the Irvin L. Young Library in Whitewater, the Arrowhead Library System in Rock County and UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium. The book this year is Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.  “We’re so excited to be reading tales and poems by Edgar Allan Poe this year,” said Library Director Lisa Brooks. “He may be a 19th century writer but he is very popular. His works are creepy, scary, mysterious and beautiful.” 

Each year the library has coordinated a community photo shoot to help publicize the event and encourage participation. This year’s shoot will be on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton Middle School gymnasium. Anyone is welcome to attend and be a part of the picture. Milton Courier’s Rick Miller takes the picture, and it is then blown up into several huge photos that are placed around the community.

The photo shoot is just a preparation for the real fun. On Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m., Milton Reads will kick-off at Northleaf Winery on Hwy 26 in Milton. The event will include refreshments, a reading by a surprise guest, and free giveaways.

The Edgar Allan Poe book discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by a graduate student from UW-Whitewater. Books are available now for checkout at the library

The project will conclude with a teen event called “Poe”-pular Culture on Thursday, April 21 from 3-6 p.m.

The Big Read project in southeastern Wisconsin includes 20 public libraries in Rock, Walworth, Jefferson and Racine counties. To see a complete listing of activities and events in Rock county and throughout the area go to:

The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Poetry Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company. Regional sponsors support from American Family Insurance and Associated Bank. Media sponsors are the Janesville Gazette and the Daily Jefferson County Union.

For more information about Milton Reads, call 868-7462, stop at the library, 430 E. High St., or visit the library website: