What is Roanoke Valley Reads?

Roanoke Valley Reads (RVR) is an annual community-wide reading experience in which people across the Valley read a chosen book then come together to discuss it and attend activities related to themes in the book. RVR is organized and implemented entirely by volunteers. It seeks to:

  • encourage people to make reading a part of their daily lives
  • foster a sense of community by bringing together people of different ages, races, religions and socio-economic levels
  • promote tolerance and understanding of differing points of view
  • emphasize the importance of literacy

History of Our Community-Wide Read

Big Read Roanoke Valley


  • July 2009--Friends of the Roanoke County Public Library decides to sponsor a community-wide read. Two Board members are coordinators.


  • Friends partners with the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read in Virginia.

Big Read Roanoke Valley is born.

  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines is the book for 2010.
  • Big Read activities take place throughout March, 2010.