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The Great Read
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life, a Legacy

This year’s community read focuses on the life and lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, social activist in the Civil Rights Movement and the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Attend any Great Read program or read a book about Dr. King to enter a free drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. 

The Great Read is proudly presented by the Fountaindale Public Library District; Joliet Junior College; Joliet Public Library; Lemont Public Library District; Plainfield Public Library District; Plainfield School District 202; and the White Oak Library District.

Great Read Events

In the spirit of giving and peace, please bring canned goods or supplies to the closing event, benefiting Bags of Hope, Morningstar Mission of Joliet and St. John Food Pantry. For a list of needed supplies and more information, please visit

The Great Read Finale
Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 pm
Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Rd, Joliet
Vocalist, songwriter and educator Maggie Brown will perform songs linked to and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. Refreshments and book giveaways (while supplies last).  

For more information on The Great Read upcoming events, recommended reading and more, please visit

Great Read Art Contest Submissions

Pre-K to 5th Grade

6th to 12th Grade


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