Reading Together for a Better Starkville


The Fall Big Read 2008 Program is now complete.
The entire Call of the Wild Calendar of Events is still available here.

See below for Harry's Article including Plans for 2009.
See photo of Starkville Reads' New Officers for 2009-2010

Starkville Reads Receives SOAR Grant
Chester McKee presents SOAR check to President Harry  Freeman

Dr. Chester McKee, Chairman of the Grants Committee for SOAR (Starkville-Oktibbeha Achieving Results), presents a check to Harry Freeman, President of Starkville Reads, to provide support for Starkville Reads' Books for Kids program during 2009. The Starkville Reads grant was one of five awarded by SOAR this year to enhance the quality of community life in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. SOAR is the local affiliate of the CREATE Foundation.
Starkville Reads Sets Plans for 2009 Programs

by Harry Freeman

Starkville Reads, an all volunteer organization established in 2004 to encourage more reading for pleasure in Starkville, has chosen three emphasis areas for 2009. In the spring, Starkville will join with communities from around Mississippi to participate in the Mississippi Reads program. We will be encouraging everyone in the community to read Ms Eudora Welty's The Collected Stories and participate in several events still in the planning stages. The summer program targeted to younger readers will be built around books by Dr. Ben Carson. In the fall Starkville will join with communities and schools all over the country who are celebrating the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. Tentative plans are to feature several biographies and other books about our 16th President.

Mississippi Reads is a project initiated by sponsors throughout the state, including the Starkville Public Library, to increase reading among all Mississippians and to highlight some of Mississippi's extraordinary writers. Previous year programs featured books by William Faulkner and Richard Wright. This year Mississippi Reads' featured author is Ms. Eudora Welty who was born 100 years ago in Jackson.

Dr. Ben Carson, the featured author for the summer program, is the author of two best selling books, Gifted Hands and Think Big. His books focus on his life journey transforming himself from a ghetto kid into a celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. An exciting program for exposing Starkville kids to Carson's books and the lessons contained within is being planned.

2009 is the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, There is just an unbelievable amount of events happening all over the country in celebration of his birth. In the fall Starkville Reads will join the celebration by focusing on a couple of well known books about Lincoln and holding some really neat events. Stay tuned.

As a part of the three 2009 programs as with all to its programs, Starkville Reads will supply to the public library and school libraries extra copies of the books being featured. Please visit our web site,, to learn more about our programs. Those interested in joining the Advisory Committee for Starkville Reads, please call Harry Freeman at 320-4291.


Starkville Reads Elects New Officers for 2009-2010
Starkville Reads' Officers

Seated: new officers (left to right) include Alveria Crump, treasurer; Earlie Fleming, secretary; Marty Friend, president-elect; and Harry Freeman, president. Standing: outgoing officers include Nancy Jacobs, president; Florence Box, secretary; and C. T. Carley, treasurer.


Sponsors for the Fall 2008 Big Read

Starkville Reads thanks the following sponsors for their help in making the fall program a success

National Endowment for the Arts
State Theater Bebe Freeman Fund
Starkville School District
Starkville Daily News Statewide Federal Credit Union
Starkville Rotary Club
Commercial Dispatch Starkville Public Library
Gun Dog Supply Starkville Arts Council Northeast Mississippi Bottling Company
City of Starkville  SOAR--CREATE Foundation Starkville Community Theater

Click on sponsor name above for more information.

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