MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Austin teaches English at Shepherd University, so when he had a few free minutes Saturday, he chose to drop by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library with his two children.
What he encountered was the latest activity of The Big Read, a nationwide push to get adults to do more reading through a program initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts.
"We just discovered this by chance," Austin said. His daughter, Clarissa, 6, worked long and hard creating a Chinese paper dragon, while her older brother, Porter, 9, was content to watch.
Saturday's activities centered on the culture described in great detail in the award-winning book "The Joy Luck Club," the Eastern Panhandle's choice in The Big Read project.