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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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Middle Read Lakeshore

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Little Read Lakeshore

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Mini Read Lakeshore

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Latest Blog Posts



Revisiting Past Perspectives of the Big Read

June 24, 2024
While we are waiting to launch into our programming for our 2024 Big Read books,…

Classics Recommendations from the Big Read Lakeshore Team

May 27, 2024
Here at the Big Read Lakeshore team, we are united by our love for books.…

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…

Ways to Get Involved

Read the book

Our book's topics and themes are timely and relevant.

Attend our events

Our events offer a variety of perspectives, experiences, and angles on the book.

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



NEA Big Read Lakeshore and Little Read Lakeshore Sponsors