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Big Read returns to DeKalb this fall

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:39 a.m. CST

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library has received a $15,000 grant to host The Big Read in DeKalb County for the seventh year in a row.

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 to receive a grant to host a Big Read project.

The Big Read in DeKalb County will focus on “True Grit” by Charles Portis. Activities will take place throughout the month of October 2013.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back The Big Read for the seventh year in a row,” said library executive director Dee Coover.

“The steering committee (the library, Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, Kishwaukee College Family Literacy program, DeKalb School Dist. 428 and Northern Illinois University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming) will be busy planning activities and coordinating book deliveries from now until October,” Coover said.

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, “It’s wonderful to see that these 77 communities are making reading and the celebration of books a priority. I look forward to seeing the innovative ways they find to engage their communities in these great works of classic and contemporary literature.”

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 77 selected organizations will receive grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs such as read-a- thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events.

For more information, email edithc@dkpl.org or call 815-756-9568, ext. 260.

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