Birmingham Public Library holding Read It Forward program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham City Schools are teaming up to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

They’re encouraging students to take a step back in time for a unique book report.

In just a few weeks, copies of  “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” by Christopher Paul Curtis will be distributed to all fourth grade students.

It’s a fictional story about a family who travels to Birmingham during the Civil Rights Era.

After children read the book, they can go online and share their thoughts about it.

“It’s an opportunity for the public libraries, for the school system to work together, share a bit of history, share a bit of culture and share the joy of reading,” Craig Witherspoon said.

Each branch of the Birmingham Public Library will also have copies of the book for adults.

All are encouraged to read the book and then pass it on to a family member, friend or stranger.

For more information on the program, click here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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