Mark Twain's first novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is the 2012 title for the biennial CU Reading program, encouraging everyone in Champaign-Urbana to read and discuss the same book.

Check it out at the library, or get the free eBook (details at right).

Free CU Reading Events


Great music, theatre, lectures, and discussions will enhance your experience.

Mark Twain’s Visit to CU


Champaign-Urbana made an impression on Twain when he visited in 1871.

Tom Sawyer in CU Libraries


Mark Twain's first novel was among the first books on loan from Champaign-Urbana's fledgling free libraries.

Exhibit: Twain Items from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library


Visit The Urbana Free Library to see a selection of items from the renowned Mark Twain holdings of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the U of I.

News Release


Read more about the book selection in our news release.

“To promise not to

do a thing is the

surest way in the world

to make a body

want to go and do

that very thing.”

- Tom Sawyer,
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer cover, My Media Mall

eBook Always Available

Tom Sawyer is an "always available" free eBook in My Media Mall, our catalog of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Never used My Media Mall? Start here. Or go straight to the eBook listing.

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Tom Sawyer Tweets

Tom himself will share his adventures on Twitter starting Sep. 30 at TomSawyerTweets.

Made Possible By

CU Reading is cosponsored by the Champaign Public Library and The Urbana Free Library, with support from the Champaign Public Library Friends and the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.