While the mission of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is to ensure every resident can read—its efforts span a range of literacy programs serving more than 29,000 adults, children, and families across 187 sites—the organization also aims to inspire everyone to read more.
Read Together Palm Beach County, which kicks off each September, is a popular way the Literacy Coalition mobilizes readers countywide. During the campaign, adults from Jupiter to Boca read the same book at the same time and gather to discuss. There’s also a finale event, which typically includes a lecture, Q&A, and book signing with the author.
“It’s thrilling to hear participants recount how, because of this initiative, they have begun reading for enjoyment again,” says CEO Kristin Calder. “It brings the community together to discuss common themes and reminds us that stories connect us.”
This year’s selection, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Set in Florida, it follows two boys attending reform school during the era of Jim Crow.