The Edwardsville Book Festival is going virtual for its second year with six days of activities scheduled to start this weekend.

Edwardsville Public Library’s website will host the virtual event beginning at noon Sunday, Sept. 27 through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Activities are grouped into six categories and highlight entertainment and education. The six categories are:

Local authors, booksellers and community groups showcase — Includes biographies, products and other helpful information.

Community read kickoff — Sponsored by an Illinois humanities grant, the session features the Pulitzer Prize winning book “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Kolbert weaves hard science and historical evolution through the planet’s various flora and fauna extinctions that shed light on the big picture of what is happening today on Earth, and what might happen in the future. The community conversation will facilitate a discussion on chapters in the book. Discussions will last through the month of October, with online conversations facilitated by librarians and SIUE leaders.

Free copies of the book are available for the public at the Edwardsville Public Library, Afterwords Books, and SIUE’s Lovejoy Library.

Celebration of Freedom to Read Week — Information and on-site interactives.

Talking Allowed series — An introduction to the library’s YouTube book and movie review series.

Book-making kits — Crafting kits designed for kids to take home

Library genre boxes and grab bags — A promo for the librarian-curated genre book boxes designed for adults, and personalized grab bags options.

“Reading trends across the country have shifted dramatically in response to living with the uncertainties of the pandemic, continued racial strife and inequality, and a nationwide slowing-down of our daily routines,” a release from the library states. “This is proving to be a time for reflection and personal growth, and we hope this year’s book festival will provide you with much food for thought.”