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It’s time for The Big Read—a community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family, and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.

This year’s Big Read book is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. To take part in The Big Read, pick up or download a copy of The Wright Brothers from the library, read it, and then join other readers for an in-person or online book discussion or for a special Big Read event.

Cover of The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough

The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough

Drawing on nearly 1,000 letters of family correspondence plus diaries, notebooks, and scrapbooks in the Library of Congress, McCullough tells the extraordinary American story of the two Dayton brothers who changed the world.


Big Read Book Discussions

Please click the link to the event you’re interested in for more information.


Online Book Club

March, weekly


Cedarville Community Library

Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Discussion will include a historical presentation from Mary Oliver, Director of Collections at Carillon Historical Park.


Beavercreek Community Library

Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Registration required.


The Big Read: March 12–April 16, 2017


Big Read Special Events


Wright Brothers Presented by the National Park Service

Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. • Adults • Yellow Springs

Join us as the National Park Service presents an overview of the Wright brothers’ lives. This program will explore various incidents which highlight the brothers inventiveness, as well as some of the challenges they had to overcome in their quest for powered flight.


Beyond the Page: An In-Depth Look at David McCullough’s Book

Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. • All Ages • Bellbrook

Learn more about Dayton’s famous brothers when Dayton historian Betty Darst shows pictures, letters, and diaries gained through personal interviews with Wright descendants, and expands our knowledge of the historical significance of the Wrights’ achievements.


An Evening With Orville Wright

Monday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. • Adults • Beavercreek

Orville Wright, in full period costume, will discuss and interact with the audience about the time, challenges, achievements, and more regarding his life and brother Wilbur. Patrons will receive National Park Service, Carillon Historical Park, and National Aviation Trails handouts about the Wright Brothers and their accomplishments.
Registration required.


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