WPR News
4:08 am
Fri September 21, 2007

An effort to get books back at home

Laramie, WY – A dramatic decline in reading has fourteen Wyoming counties working to bring literature back into the home. A nationwide initiative, called The Big Read, is a response to a recent study from the National Endowment for the Arts that shows less than half of adults read literature. Susan Vittitow of the Wyoming Center for the Book says that although the statistic is alarming, she has already seen a tremendous response to the program.

"The mountain west region of which we're apart still has the highest literary reading in the country. This is a very booky state," she says.

The initiative encourages each of the fourteen communities to read a designated book and hosts discussions, movies, and reenactments throughout the state. The program is funded through grants and ends on November fifteenth.