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The Owen County Public Library has announced that it has received a grant to host The Big Read in Owen County.
The Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts and is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.
The local library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project from September to June 2015.
The Big Read in Owen County will focus on Jack London’s The Call of The Wild. Activities will take place n September and October.
Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said,
“I am so pleased that people of all ages in our community will have this opportunity to share fun and positive activities together that promote the importance of reading in our lives.”
NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said,
“While the act of reading is usually a solitary one, through the Big Read it will become a social one,” Shigekawa said. “This year’s Big Read grant recipients are not only playing an important role in encouraging reading but are also developing creative opportunities to involve all members of their communities to come together to discuss and celebrate these great works of literature.”
The Big Read provides communities with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 77 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry out community based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing art events. The NEA has also developed high-quality, free of charge educational materials to supplement each title including reader guides, teacher guides, and audio programming, all of which are available to the public at neabigread.org