2016 Great Read Opening marks Chicago's "sweet" history
February 16, 2016

Chicago has long been known as a “sweet home” – and not just in the words of the classic blues tune.

Scholar Leslie Goddard will explore the history of the “City with Broad Shoulders” as the candy capital of the world from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield.

This free program kicks off the 2016 Great Read community literacy program, which celebrates everything “Made in Illinois.” The event is open to the entire community.

Attendees at the February 20th Opening Gala will get a sampling of the famous “G-Shaft” hard candy from Dan’s Homemade Candies in Joliet. As well, five copies of Goddard’s book, “Chicago’s Sweet Candy History” will be given away. Goddard will also sell copies of her book.

The 2016 Great Read is presented by a consortium of Plainfield-area public and private organizations to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community in the greater Plainfield area.

Community members are encouraged to read books about Illinois and participate in the many 2016 Great Read-related programs slated through May. Suggested books for both adults and younger readers, as well as films and a listing of events are posted on the Great Read web site: www.greatread.org

The Great Read is proudly presented by Plainfield School District 202; the Plainfield Public Library; the Joliet Public Library; the Fountaindale Public Library; the Lemont Public Library; the Shorewood-Troy Public Library; the White Oak Library District; Joliet Junior College; Plainfield Township; the Joliet-area Barnes & Noble store; and Voyager Media.

The Great Read’s 10 participating libraries will host a long list of programs and special activities focusing on Illinois’ many cultural contributions – from fantastic food to classic films, iconic music, legendary authors and some of the best sports teams in history.

As well, Plainfield-area artists of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in the Great Read Art Contest.

Winners in three age groups from pre-kindergarten to adult will win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, and could win additional prizes through their home libraries. More information is available on the Great Read web site (www.greatread.org)

The 2016 Great Read Grand Finale will feature film enthusiast Steve Frenzel’s program celebrating “Chicago in the Movies” from 6-8 p.m. April 28, 2016 at the White Oak Library in Romeoville, 201 W. Normantown Road. The Great Read Art Contest winners will also be announced and awarded at the Finale