Richard Peck & Community Read


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A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Community Read – June 22-24, 2014

The journey began on Mount Desert Island with a special program at the Mount Desert Island High School’s Higgins-Demas Theatre, featuring Newbery Medal Winner Richard Peck and his book A Long Way From Chicago. Peck launched a three-day celebration of reading adventures in which 8 libraries, 7 schools and an estimated 500 readers on Mount Desert Island, her outer islands and Trenton enjoyed a selection of hilarious, poignant, and adventurous stories by Richard Peck.

Participants were asked to pick up a free copy of A Long Way from Chicago at their local community library beginning on June 7, until copies run out, and a schedule of library events featuring other great books by Richard Peck and fun-filled activities. Richard Peck participated in each of the library programs on Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24.

All programs were free and open to the public.

Download the 2014 IRW Discussion Questions for A Long Way From Chicago


Program Partners for A Community Read

Warm thanks to the childrens’ librarians and schools on Mount Desert Island, Trenton, the Cranberry Isles and Swan’s Island for collaborating with Island Readers & Writers on this extravaganza of creative book-centered programs celebrating the stories of acclaimed author Richard Peck, reading and fun!
– Jan Coates, Executive Director, Island Readers & Writers

Program Partners Include:

Bass Harbor Memorial Library – Bernard
Great Cranberry Library – Great Cranberry Island
Northeast Harbor Library – Northeast Harbor
Jesup Memorial Library – Bar Harbor
Seal Harbor Library – Seal Harbor
Somesville Library Association – Somesville
Southwest Harbor Public Library – Southwest Harbor
Swan’s Island Library – Swan’s Island

Mount Desert Island Regional School System
Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Sherman’s Book and Stationery