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Capitol Lakes continues to support Go Big Read

Since 2010, Capitol Lakes, a retirement community in downtown Madison, has used the Go Big Read book for community events and programming. This year was no exception.

A poster thanking this year’s Go Big Read program coordinators on site. Photo by Carrie Kruse (UW-Madison Libraries)

Besides organizing talks and presentations on the topics, leading discussion groups, and making sure residents have access to the book, they also promote and provide transport to the author keynote. On October 30, they will show the keynote to residents who couldn’t make it on October 16th, and those who want to see it again. Providing access to the author keynote allows residents to participate in the community conversation about the Great Lakes and water conservation.

Residents from Capitol Lakes seated at the author keynote on October 16th, 2018. Photo by Michala Roberts

One of the largest undertakings in support of the program is the creation of lobby display. This gives residents and visitors information about the author, the topic, resources and events. The 2018 display included ships used in the shipping industry, common plastics that pollute the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, and pictures of native and invasive species.

The 2018 Go Big Read lobby display at Capitol Lakes. Photo by Carrie Kruse (UW-Madison Libraries)

A close up of the exhibit.
Photo by Carrie Kruse (UW-Madison Libraries)

Community involvement is vital to the success of a common-reading program like Go Big Read. We thank Capitol Lakes for their continued support.


Michala Roberts

Graduate Assistant, Go Big Read