READ 650 will help the New Rochelle Council on the Arts and The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation kick off National Library Week with a spoken word event on Sunday, April 7th at 3:30 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.
The theme, #MyLibraryMyStory, was chosen to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. Writers were asked to “take us into your memory stacks and tell us about the unforgettable book or the dusty nook or the librarian’s look that’s become a dog-eared page in your life story”. READ650 received a record number of submissions: “The topic really resonated with people,” says Ed McCann, founder of READ650, “and there was passion in those pages.” In the end nearly 100 writers submitted their stories, and 12 were selected to read aloud.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Sponsored by the American Library Association, this year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities, and the Honorary Chair is Melinda Gates. Over the last 20 years, Gates has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to improve lives.