The month of March is Big Read month in the Valley. Sunday kicked off the campaign with an Oscar-nominated star visiting the Staunton Library.
Actress Mary Badham recalls some famous lines and fond memories of her time filming To Kill a Mockingbird. However, her main goal in her visit was to inspire people to read.
She says, "There are a lot of different things for children to do nowadays, and reading is somewhere down the list.. So I am very much in favor of trying to get children back to reading."
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a powerful one with strong messages that are still relevant today.
Badham adds, "There are so many single families nowadays. So it speaks right to that. We're still dealing with women's issues, and with the racial issues, thats still coming around too."
Badham says she is the person she is now because of reading as well as her experience with the film. The story has many lessons people can learn even to this day.
"To promote people learning how to get along with one another: tolerance," says Badham. "It speaks not just to black and white issues of the 1930s, but I feel it speaks to us now, today."
In additions to Badham's visit, a number of other activities have been planned for the entire month including book discussion and book giveaways to get more people interested in reading.