Across the nation, the NEA Big Read offers a range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.
The Big Read Erie County will supply 250 registrants with a copy of “An American Sunrise” to read while participating in the program in addition to collection copies available for check-out. The entire nine-month program is expected to serve nearly 2,500 participants through its 21 events and eight book discussions, culminating with a virtual booktalk and reading with author Joy Harjo.
More information about the virtual booktalk and reading will be posted closer to the event.
“The Erie County Public Library is extremely excited to be able to offer this program celebrating Harjo’s work and tying it to Erie’s Native American history,” said Rachel Stevenson, adult services librarian and coordinator for the Big Read Erie County. “It is also an honor that a national organization like the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes the work we do here at the library.”
All events in the program will be published late summer to events.erielibrary.org with additional details and registration dates.