"Big Read" at Rapides Parish Library - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

"Big Read" at Rapides Parish Library

Posted: Updated:

ALEXANDRIA, La. -- The Rapides Parish Library kicked off its "Big Read" program Saturday at Renegade Harley Davidson.

The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and encourages everyone to "open up a book."

This year's "Big Read" selection is "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. It tells the story of soldiers in the Vietnam War and appeals to veterans.

Veteran's services we also on hand at the library event.

People with the library tell us it's important to keep reading as you get older.

"It's important to keep on reading. We have to read to do everything - to drive, to get a job, to communicate with each other," said Tammy Dibartolo with the Rapides Parish library. "So, it's important to continue reading to keep your mind sharp. And, the library is a wonderful place to do that. Everything we do is free and open to the public. We love to work with the community."

The library will host a series of book discussions, musical events and library displays all centered around the book now through November.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of Alexandria man

    Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of Alexandria man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:45:07 GMT
    RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office said a tip from Crime Stoppers led to an Alexandria drug arrest on April 22.More >>
    RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office said a tip from Crime Stoppers led to an Alexandria drug arrest on April 22.More >>
  • 2 beaten to death in Houston nursing home

    2 beaten to death in Houston nursing home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:07:03 GMT
    HOUSTON, Texas (AP) - A resident of a Houston nursing home is accused of beating two of his roommates to death with the armrest of his wheelchair. More >>
    HOUSTON, Texas (AP) - A resident of a Houston nursing home is accused of beating two of his roommates to death with the armrest of his wheelchair. More >>
  • Caught on Camera: Teachers abusing students

    Caught on Camera: Teachers abusing students

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:37:01 GMT
    (NBC News) - From a heavy handed slap that knocks the special needs student out of his seat, to a series of hits on the head for another child on the floor. In just four days Ms. "J" says she recorded more abuse than she could bear in her Atlanta classroom.More >>
    (NBC News) - From a heavy handed slap that knocks the special needs student out of his seat, to a series of hits on the head for another child on the floor. In just four days Ms. "J" says she recorded more abuse than she could bear in her Atlanta classroom.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.