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Big Read Kicks off

 By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany State Professor is working to change the way people feel about reading. The National Endowment for the Arts says there's been a 10% drop in literary reading nationwide.

Albany State applied for an NEA grant to support a program called the Big Read. It will establish 25 reading groups each made of 25 people. They'll take part in activities this month dealing with Ernest J. Gaines' book "A Lesson Before Dying".

Dr. James Hill said,  "We have moved very rapidly from a reading and writing society to a visual one and so there has been a decline in reading, particularly reading for pleasure and reading literary works and so the Big Read is designed to bring reading back to the center of American culture."

A kickoff for the big read will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Municipal Auditorium downtown. Dr. Hill says everyone is welcome.

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