When was the last time you read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"? Most of us have a fond memory of the book. My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Walls, read a few pages in class every day.
Now, Sacbee.com is making it easy to rediscover "Tom Sawyer" -- or introduce it to your children or grandchildren.
The Sacramento Bee partnered with the Sacramento Library's The Big Read / One Book Sacramento, Access Sacramento and a host of community leaders for a very special project to promote reading and literacy.
At sacbee.com/tomsawyer beginning Thursday, Sept. 29, we'll be rolling out a new chapter daily during the monthlong "Big Read." Access Sacramento recorded video of each reader, so you'll see their video and the text of a new chapter each day so you can read along.
The list of community leaders who signed on to read a chapter is quite impressive. It includes best-selling author John Lescroart, Jeffery Callison of Capital Public Radio, Edie Lambert from KCRA3, Kitty O'Neal from KFBK and restaurateur Patrick Mulvaney.
A host of Bee staff also signed on to read: Publisher Cheryl Dell, Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar, Associate Editor Ginger Rutland, features editor Cathie Anderson, reporter Carlos Alcala and Charles Dukes, online advertising manager.
And from our corporate parent, McClatchy Co.: board member Molly Maloney Evangelisti and CEO Gary Pruitt.
Thanks also go to Bee reporter Allen Pierleoni and community affairs director Pam Dinsmore for their efforts to coordinate the project.
And to those involved at Access Sacramento: E.J. Harrison, video recording; Richard Langley, video engineer; Carlos V. Hernandez, video editing; Dev Singh, director of operations; Ron Cooper, executive director; Carl Burton, board chair; and Jo Ann Fuller, board vice-chair.