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We believe reading matters.

“Our mission is to foster a culture where reading matters in Ottawa, Allegan, and Muskegon counties.”

2023 marks our 10th anniversary!

NEA Big Read Lakeshore

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Latest Blog Posts



Why Study The Classics: An Exploration of Dr. Roosevelt Montas’ Life, Lecture, and Book

May 20, 2024
In order to answer this question of “why study the classics,” first we must define…

From Pages to Screen: Book Adaptations in 2024

May 13, 2024
With movies and shows like Dune and Bridgerton coming out this year, there has been…

The Books That Made Me: A Personal Literary Timeline From a Lifelong Reader

May 6, 2024
By Alexandra Goodwin Everyone has a reading story. Whether your reading journey spans weeks, years,…

A Global Library: Classics from Around the World

April 29, 2024
Books are not just stories—they are windows into different cultures, times, and experiences. While it’s…

Is There Still Value in Reading Classics?

April 22, 2024
Growing up, I assumed that when people talked about “classic” books, they meant any old…

“That’s Me” The Power of Visual Diversity in Graphic Novels and Comic Books

April 15, 2024
By Hannah Lever Getting students and people of all ages engaged in books is not…

Ways to Get Involved

Read the book

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Attend our events

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Interact with others

Our goal is that you listen and learn from others as well as sharing your own ideas and experiences.


Our community becomes stronger when you make positive changes in response to your interactions with the book.

Who is the NEA Big Read Lakeshore for?

Readers of all ages along the Lakeshore

Book clubs

P-12 students

College/University students




Library patrons

Senior citizens



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