Each year, communities apply for grant funding to select a book and read the book as a community, looking at the piece's themes and encouraging events to coincide with reading the text. This year, The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe was selected as the book for Western Illinois Reads - organized by the Galesburg Public Library. The Big Read has a reader's guide set up to provide context for the book and additional resources available.
There are several events planned - in addition to discussions of the book. More information can be found on the Galesburg Public Library's Big Read webpage.