The fun started with a birthday poetry celebration February 27, 2010!
Longfellow's Wayside Inn has been honored to host another community-wide read of the poems of this country's greatest poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The 2010 Longfellow Big Read explored The Great Heroes and Legends of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — from Paul Revere and Miles Standish to Evangeline and Hiawatha. The stories are compelling and their impact on North American culture has been indelible and undeniable.
In 2010, our Big Read went national, with other Big Read communities choosing to read Longfellow from Longfellow's birthday on February 27, 2010 to the end of May 2010. We had the Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell, New Jersey share their fun with us. We extended the Big Read fun beyond Sudbury this year as well and welcome our collaborators in Marlborough and Framingham: the Marlboro Public Schools, Framingham Adult ESL, and the New England Wildflower Society.
We had a lot of exciting events as you can see from the events listing to the right!!!
Click here to read about the 2010 Longfellow Big Read in the Sudbury Town Crier.
About the Longfellow Big Read ...
in 2008, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn was honored to be the first grant recipient in a pilot initiative created by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation to celebrate great American poets and the nation’s historic poetry locales. From Longfellow’s birthday on February 27, 2008, to Patriot’s Day, April 19, 2008, the Wayside Inn sponsored a community read of the works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Public events began at the Martha-Mary Chapel at the Wayside Inn on February 27th with Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, speaking on the poet’s life and works. Events were held at the Wayside Inn as well as at the Goodnow Library, the Sudbury Public Schools, and the Sudbury Senior Center.
Our goal is to reenergize community interest in the importance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as this country’s greatest poet and to publicize Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn within the larger context of all of Longfellow’s works. Programming includes book discussions, lectures, classes, and special events that can bring the readers together for the enjoyment of historic poetry
Check out the Upcoming Events calendar to the right for an overview of what the scheduled events were, or the more detailed Events page.
This website offers a wide range of resources to help you learn more about the life and poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Book Discussion Group page lists resources for group leaders and participants who want to learn more about Longfellow. This page lists titles suitable for adults, young adults, and children. We encourage everyone to read Longfellow during their lunch hour, to their families at night, before the start of community meetings, and together at one of the many book discussion groups that we will hold.
Teacher Resources include the Reader’s Guides and Teacher's Guides that were made available to all program participants.
The Sudbury Foundation has generously provided the matching support that makes the Longfellow Big Read program possible.
For more information on The Big Read, visit www.neabigread.org.
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