The Summit County Library, The Summit Daily News, and the Literacy Committee of the Rotary Club of Summit County sponsor a county-wide reading experience for 3 months each spring. The purpose of the project is to provide an opportunity for the Summit County community (including students) to read a book of local relevance that stimulates dialogue and inspires activities related to the topic/theme of the book.
For the third straight year, with the Summit County Library and The Summit Daily News, the Literacy Committee of the Rotary Club of Summit County will sponsor a county-wide reading experience this spring. The Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, was selected this year to initiate a dialogue about issues related to the management of water in our mountains and worldwide. In addition to forums for discussion, other activities, e.g., panels, a children’s poster contest, a field hike, will provide many opportunities to learn more about the history and future of efforts to manage water. The Big Burn, by Timothy Egan, was selected last year to promote greater understanding of issues related to the risk of forest fires in our mountains. The various educational activities provided many opportunities to learn more about the history and future of efforts to manage forest fires.
The “Summit Reads” project has been an excellent literacy experience to bring together the entire community for the purpose of understanding topics of interest to the residents of Summit County. In addition to providing books at cost for adults who participate in the experience, Rotary gives relevant books to elementary schools in the county.