you told us about the project
This is the complete list of written
responses the Library has received about the project and the programs.
Answers may have been edited for clarity. Duplicate answers were
How did you hear about
the Reading: Bridge to a Wider World project?
- My reading club
- AAUW Book Club
- Through Friends of the Duluth
- Several articles in the newspaper
- West Duluth Librarian
- I saw signs at Barnes and Noble
and at the Duluth Public Library.
- Chosen by leader of book club.
- Through school
- I work at Barnes and Noble but
I had also read an article
- Duluth Public Schools
- Mt. Royal Branch Library
- Participated in planning.
- Arrowhead Reading Council publicity.
- Via the school district.
- Newspaper (I think) originally
and a friend reminded me.
- Resource Guide
- Through my Mom's book club at
Barnes and Noble
- Saw it featured at the Public
- From my Classics Book Club at
Barnes and Noble
- J. W. Beecroft
- It was mentioned in class
- I read about it in a brochure
one of my students brought me. We are reading the book in American
What caused you to participate?
- Interesting for whole city to
read same book.
- The desire to learn more about
the book. Why it was written.
- The assignment and wanted to
refresh my memory of this classic.
- Newspaper and world of mouth.
- I love to read. Like to share
- Curiosity and our book club.
- Excellent book selection.
- AAUW and Green Door Book Club
decided to read this book. Think it was a great city project.
- In-depth discussion - good.
- I love this story. My book club
- Interest in the book and discussion.
- Desire to participate in discussions.
- Love of books.
- Love to read, good excuse to
re-read a great book - 20 years later. Chance to discuss it and
learn more from others.
- The principle of the story.
- The groups meeting. I do not
read novels at 57 (only Michener); maybe it is time.
- The fact that the book was a
- Thought it would be fun to read
again and share thoughts with others.
- This title is the perfect one
to draw a community together.
- Sounded interesting - caused
me to re-read the book.
- Piqued my interest.
- "Community read."
Daughter in 8th grade just read this in class.
- Interest in Harper Lee.
- Wanted to re-read the book and
be a part of the whole experience.
- Wanted to participate in the
- Great Story! Community project.
- Thought it would be fun to re-read
and share thoughts with others.
- It seemed like an interesting
thing to participate in.
- I've always loved this book
and am curious about the historical/social/legal context.
- It sounds like a good idea.
I had not read the book before and would like to see the film.
- I belong to the West Duluth
Branch Library reading group so I just naturally wanted to attend
- Citywide read. A great idea.
- Interest in literacy.
- I teach this novel to 9th graders.
- Interest in re-reading a classic.
- I liked the idea of a "community
read" and had never read To Kill a Mockingbird.
- I like to read and like to discuss
books after I read them.
- My book club also did To
Kill a Mockingbird.
- I never knew anything about
- I like the idea of a community-reading
project. It is also one of my favorite books.
- Loved the idea of a community
reading a book and discussing it.
- My Russian friend was interested
because of a Human Diversity Class she is taking. She wanted
me to go with her.
- Interest in the racial issues
and bringing a discussion of the book/movie to my workplace.
- I'm interested in the history
of America and Duluth and I'd like to know more about the country.
- I had just started reading it.
- I belong to the Classics Book
Club at Barnes and Noble.
- Always liked this book - read
it 3 times.
- Just thought it would be fun
- Articles in the paper as to
whole city reading same book.
- Something to do in Duluth.
- Wanted to read the book that
the whole community is reading.
- Read the book as a student -
thought it would be fun to re-read it as an adult.
- Child's interest - good book
for discussion, strong characters.
- This is my favorite book, and
I love book discussions.
- Our book club read the book
and decided we wanted other people's opinons.
- Love of literature.
- I love to read - Felt this was
an interesting project.
How were the materials in the Resource
- The questions made me think
more about what Harper Lee had written.
- Particularly in understanding
the period in which the novel was set, and Harper Lee's life!
- Information on the author made
book so much more interesting, etc.
- Helped to focus on the real
significance of the book.
- I enjoyed all the background
information. Questions were good!
- Kept us focused on the story.
- The questions were great for
our book club.
- Good review.
- Historical context information!
Truman Capote connection.
- Good questions that provoked
- The schedule of discussion events
was most helpful.
- In many aspects. Definitely
to generate discussion topics.
- Good history.
- Background information and chronology.
- Particularly the historical
- I didn't know Harper Lee's background
and the historical context.
- The background material on the
author and Scottsboro Trial parallels were interesting. Also,
the historical context of the times.
- Having the historical facts
as well as the comparison between them and the events in the
story was invaluable to be able to refer to.
- My daughter used them.
- Comparing real events to the
- Helpful for leading a discussion.
- Made me think more deeply about
- I needed the schedule of discussion
events. Attended 11 so far!!!
- The questions will get me started
at our book club.
- Gave me something to think about
as I read.
- It's a wonderful booklet!
How did the book affect you?
- I first read the book as an
8th grader; I've read it at least once a year since, and now
I teach the book at Holy Rosary.
- Loved the book from the first
time I read it
- Thoroughly enjoyed it and felt
passionate about the injustices done to blacks in America.
- Awakened to social justice.
- Made me think what it must have
been to be a black then.
- Loved the characters! Loved
the story! Loved the social issues taught!
- Enlightening. Makes you look
at your own values.
- Positive. Book filled with wisdom.
- Wished I had read it in the
60s! First time this year.
- It made me see how prophetic
the book is.
- Initial reading: thought more
about race issues.
- Fascinated and did not want
it to end! Will read it several times.
- It re-opened my eyes.
- Makes me think how times haven't
really changed that much.
- It made me look at myself and
how I want to be viewed.
- Felt everyone should read it
and this may be a better world.
- Understanding of human nature.
- Affected me deeply - my favorite
book thus far.
- A clearer understanding of not
just the racial issue, but life in the times.
- It's so honest about the state
of race relations at that time. Funny - touching - frustrating.
- It affected me emotionally.
I felt anger and sadness during the book.
- Made more aware of the prejudices
that still exist today.
- It makes you stop and think
- Love it. It gets better with
- I treasure it now. It is an
amazing gift to humanity.
- I couldn't put it down! I want
to read more books of this quality.
- I have read the book 3 times
and will likely read it again.
- Provided insights into life
in a small southern town at the time of the great depression
and showed a child's view of race relations.
- Took me back to when I first
read it. It is still powerful.
- I cry when I re-read parts even
though I've read it 100 times. I don't cry easily.
- It made me realize how bad racism
- I first loved this book in the
mid-60s and still love it.
- How true to themselves these
characters are and accepting of others and their beliefs. i.e.
- Made me realize that things
are really not too different today.
- It opened my eyes.
- Anger at the racism, appreciation
of the fine writing and complexity of characters and importance
of the subject.
- I learned about events before
I was born.
- My views of class, race, and
disabilities have all been influenced by this read.
- Very strongly, it always has.
The people are real to me.
- I loved Scout's perception!
She brought humor to this hard issue and world.
- It was a good read. Reminded
me of a University exchange I had made with students from Fort
Valley, Ga. In 1969.
- I thought more deeply about
racism and classism.
- One of the best books ever!!!
- Saddened by our insensitivity.
- Very much like the film did
~ I fell in love with it!
- Sad and angry at times, but
also courageous part of Atticus' character.
- It just informed me how bad
racism was back then.
- It reinforced by belief that
we are all human beings together...and need to respect that.
- Made me realize that the times
really haven't changed that much.
- It was very eye opening.
- It was amazing how it affected
me so much differently than when I first read it in high school.
I am much more sensitive toward racial injustices and am now
a mother, so I related deeply to Atticus' common sense approach
- The book is much better than
the movie in my opinion. I was deeply moved by this book.
- It made me think about racism
- Reinforced importance of tolerance
- I first read it in Jr. High
and was made aware of prejudice/same effect this time.
- Made me compare the class system
of yesteryear with today
- Want to be more like Atticus.
- Reaffirms what I have seen,
makes you look at others views.
- Made me think about how we treat
- No, I have read too many books.
- Sad at times - but good with
a sense of redemption at the end.
- Just love all the aspects it
- An interesting coming-of-age
story for youth, as well as addressing racial and other social
prejudices i.e. the character of Boo Radley
- To recall the Civil Rights movement
of the 60s - and the reason for it!! Also, the children's lives
were so like my own. Just a great book.
- It is such a brilliantly written,
funny, sad book, but it is so powerful that I found it quite
painful to read.
- I give it a "10"
- My favorite novel.
- I adored it - it is amazingly
well written with great subject matter.
- It made me think it brought
many things to mind to discuss and think about.
Why was To Kill a Mockingbird a
good selection for this area-reading project?
- Excellent - although more subtle
(not always, though), the same prejudices persist today, and
not only in the south.
- Society needs a lesson; this
book was an excellent lesson.
- The best. A national favorite.
- Quality literature.
- Good moral character. Restore
our faith in the goodness of men.
- It discusses problems we still
- This book covers many levels
- love, fear, hate, racism.
- Universal and timeless. Truths
- Very good. Especially with tense
situations in so many parts of the world these times.
- Because it teaches great lessons
and is so heart warming.
- The lynching issue but more
importantly our black population is increasing rapidly.
- It is suitable for all ages
- It applies to discrimination
and prejudice, social class.
- This book means a lot to everyone
I know who has read it.
- A timeless book relevant to
- It appeals to a large audience.
Makes you think and feel and react.
- Yes. Book has wide appeal and
provides a picture of race relations at the time.
- It's easy to read and it has
- We are still dealing with racism,
ageism, sexism, etc. We never learn.
- We are a small town and blacks
are a minority.
- It covers so many aspects. -
love, fear, racism, respect.
- Classic novel.
- Increases community awareness.
- It's an American classic that
gets better every time I read it. The novel is great. The movie
is great in black and white; that in itself makes a statement
on the book.
- Enjoyable read with depth.
- Especially as we raise a memorial
to the 3 men lynched in Duluth in 1920.
- It was an easy read in terms
of vocabulary and length and it is timely with regards to the
upcoming Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial.
- Besides being a classic and
a work of literary art, the ties to the lynchings in Duluth of
1920 make it - I think - mandatory reading for all of us.
- It shows people what it was
like back then
- Northern Minnesotans are not
usually exposed to the gross, racial discrimination of the South
- don't know the depth of it.
- It covers such a wide range
of thoughts ideals; fear-love-relationships-racism.
- To remind us of past injustices.
- Great choice because of the
many themes and the opportunities to discuss the racial issues
that Duluthians must discuss.
- It's a very relevant topic for
today in America.
- I think it makes many people
think, and many people read it for the first time, which is good
- it's a classic.
- Excellent - superb - literature.
- It is a historical novel that
you can still learn from today.
- Good for all ages
- It covers so many emotions -
- Good book to discuss relationships
at many levels and prejudices. Interesting portrayal of a single
parent and sibling relationships.
- Many of us are old enought now
to understand the book in more depth.
- It has great depth and is applicable
to us all - making it great for discussion.
- It gives many viewpoints about
how people deal with life.
- Great! It's accessible and perfectly
- It's a really good book and
has many discussion options.
| Mayor Doty's
Message | Events
| Harper Lee's Letter | Lee
Bio | Civil Rights Era | Scottsboro Trials |
Discussion Questions | For
Younger Readers | More Books for
Kids & Teens | Acknowledgements
Community Response | Final
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