SOKY! Reads! starts today

Nash Gumm

WKU Libraries open their SOKY Reads! program to the community today.

Formerly known as the Big Read program, the goal is to give area residents the opportunity to pick up the same book and read it together, said Tracy Harkins, Community Outreach Manager for WKU Libraries.

“We find that it gives people the chance to discuss many issues of the day and meet many new people, bridging students from WKU and people from the community by the book,” she said.

Harkins said that this year the book “Sweeping Up Glass” by Carolyn Wall was chosen.

She said it was chosen because of the book’s Kentucky setting, and because Wall has been a popular speaker for different library events in the past.

Harkins said about 250 free copies of the book are available for pickup at the following locations:

-Java City in Helm Library, today at noon.

-Bowling Green Technical College, tomorrow at noon.

-Barnes & Noble Booksellers, today at 6 p.m.

-Warren County Public Library, on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Additional copies may be purchased at Barnes & Noble after the available copies have run out.

There will also be a contest for participants in the reading program.

The contest, sponsored by the Warren County Public Library, allows participants to enter for a chance to have a catered lunch with Wall, she said.

A free writing workshop where Wall will discuss her book will conclude the program on Oct. 27 at the writing center on South Campus.