DeKalb library receives eighth Big Read grant

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read in DeKalb County for the eighth year in a row. This year's book will be "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. The library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations in the nation to receive a grant to host a Big Read project, and one of three organizations to have received it eight years in a row.

“The magic of this successful Big Read program here in DeKalb County proves that we are dedicated to literacy. Eight years is a long time and we are very proud ,” library executive director Dee Coover said.

The Big Read provides communities nationwide 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 arts events. This grant is a matching grant, therefore, the library does have to raise the equal amount given in funding to support The Big Read program. Monetary donations are accepted, as well as donations in kind. Activities are planned for the month of October.

For more information about upcoming events, donations, how you can participate or other Big Read questions, contact edithc@dkpl.org or call 815-756-9568 ext. 260.

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