An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. The NEA Big Read is an initiative that supports approximately 75 community reading programs every year, each designed around a single book in the NEA Big Read library, with themes such as racism, immigration, multiculturalism, work, art, family relationships, and surviving an apocalypse. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000. Grantees are provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As. Eligible applicants include libraries and if the applicant is not a library, a library partner is required. Tags: Community engagement, reading programs, outreach, conversation, summer, teaching and learning, diversity, cultural
Content Area: Books & Authors
Interests: Adult Services, Collection Development, Community Engagement, Continuing Education, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Facilitation, Multicultural Services, Networking, Partnerships, Public Programs, Rural and Small Libraries, Social Change, Social Media & Networks, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, High School, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Native, Nonprofit, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Rural, State Library, Student, Tribal
Cost: Included with full conference registration.