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August 12, 2009

Big Read targets ‘My Antonia’ for 2010

Thanks to the Vigo County Public Library’s recent $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, March 2010 will bring another Big Read to Vigo and surrounding counties.

Next year’s book selection will be “My Antonia” by Willa Cather, a work celebrating the settling of the American frontier.

The national Big Read project brings communities together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 30 selections from U.S. and world literature.

In June the NEA announced 269 non-profit will receive grants totaling $3.7 million to host Big Read celebrations between September 2009 and June 2010. The 2009-10 Big Read grantees represent 44 states, the District of Columbia and the U. S, Virgin Islands.

Since the 2006 pilot program with 10 participating organizations, the initiative has given more than 800 grants to support local Big Read projects.

Beginning with The Big Party for The Big Read and continuing for the entire month, a variety of exciting programs will be offered in the Wabash Valley to appeal to all ages and interests.

Free educational materials, including Reader’s Guides, Teacher’s Guides and Audio Guides to supplement each title are provided by the NEA.

Members of area schools, libraries, museums or book clubs who want to participate in this event should contact Community Services at the Vigo County Public Library (812) 232-1113, ext. 281.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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