Weber Reads

Children's and Young Adult

Adult

Charlotte's Web
Artist/Author/Cast:
Winick, Gary (Director)

E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a young girl growing up on her family's farm.

20142015 book selection

In a 1952 New York Times review, titled “Along Came a Spider,” the writer Eudora Welty said of Charlotte’s Web: “What the book is about is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasure and pain, and the passing of time. As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done.” (Michael Sims, The Story of Charlotte’s Web.)

For over half a century, readers have agreed with Eudora Welty.  The writing of E.B. White, whether it is his books for children or his essays and other works, enriches and explains so much of life that it is a lifetime treasure.

We are delighted to bring this writing to the community through our lesson plans, books, programs, and discussion groups.  We especially want to encourage parents and children to read Charlotte’s Web together, whether for the first time or for the twentieth.  Many of us remember reading it with our parents, or hearing it read, and it was a high point of our childhood.  Like the best of literature for young people, Charlotte’s Web also serves as a framework for adult discussion, linking individuals, communities, and cultures by stimulating us to make connections between our ancestors and ourselves, between one culture and another, between the community and the individual.

An Introduction

Weber Reads is modeled after the “One Book, One Community” concept, but with a twist, focusing entirely on literary classics and making them accessible to patrons.  As with all “One Book, One Community” programs, the goal of Weber Reads is “to provide opportunities for all people to read, reflect, and engage in meaningful dialogue, framed around a work of literature, which helps illuminate experiences and beliefs that transcend group values to unite us as human beings.”  (http://www.ala.org/programming/onebook)

Classic titles selected for Weber Reads are made available in multiple languages, scholarly and popular editions, graphic novels, retellings, and picture books, as well as in recorded and electronic formats.  This dedication to multiple editions and formats helps ensure there is a version available that will appeal to everyone in the community, regardless of age, language, or reading level.

The methodology for reaching out and involving diverse members in this community-wide literacy program has been acknowledged by the American Library Association, Library Administration and Management Association, PR Xchange Committee, which has three times chosen Weber Reads to receive its Community Reading Program “Best of Show Award.”  In addition, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge selected the 2011-12 “Weber Reads: The Founders” to receive its prestigious George Washington Honor Medal.

In addition to working in conjunction with local schools to involve young readers, the Library also enjoys a strong Weber Reads partnership with Weber State University and the Standard-Examiner newspaper.  These partners provide public relations help and programming support for Weber Reads activities.