The Great Read

The Great Read for 2018 focuses on the life and lasting legacy of 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. By attending any Great Read program, or by reading a MLK, Jr. book, you can enter a free drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. In the spirit of giving and peace, please bring canned goods or supplies to the opening and/or closing events to benefit Bags of Hope, Morningstar Mission of Joliet and St. John Food Pantry. For a list of needed supplies and more information, please visit visit

The kick-off event will be held at the Romeoville Branch Library on Thursday, February 1, 2018. 

The finale event will be held at the Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

The Great Read has been promoting literacy,reading, and conversation in the community since 2004.  This year’s Great Read is planned by the White Oak Library District and these partner organizations: 

Themed programs are being planned at each of the participating libraries, and a complete list of these events will be available at soon. All programs are free of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Registration may be required. Check listings for details. In addition to the events at each Library, there are an Art Contest, a Kickoff and a Finale that all are invited to attend.

Art Contest

Create an original piece of art inspired by the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Entries can be any medium (up to 2 feet in height and width with a weight limit of 5 pounds) or a digital presentation up to 2-1/2 minutes. More details to follow soon.


Previous initiatives include: