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NEA Big Read

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. Managed by Arts Midwest

Booth Library program focuses on book by Joy Harjo

Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University is a recipient of a $14,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. The NEA Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Harjo imageJoin us for NEA Big Read: A Conversation with Joy Harjo, a virtual program that is free and open to the public!
Jan. 30, 2021, 1 p.m. CST. To learn more visit the Programs page.

Booth Library is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between September 2020 and April 2021. The local NEA Big Read program focuses on the book "An American Sunrise," by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position. More information about the book is linked to the American Sunrise menu item above.

Many local programs are planned, including book discussions, performances, lectures, workshops and story times. The schedule
of events will be updated throughout the year on the Programs link above.

Lessons plans and book discussion questions are available on the Book Discussion link above.

"We are very fortunate to be able to present the Big Read program here in East Central Illinois," said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services. "So many community partners came forward to support this program, and we look forward to working with them all as we hold important discussions surrounding 'An American Sunrise.'"

For more information, contact Janice Derr, Big Read project director at Booth Library, at or 217-581-7555.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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