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Big Read: Big Win For Irving's Community


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded the Irving Public Library a Big Read grant to host its eighth annual community wide reading event. Irving Public Library is one of 77 organizations nationwide to receive the award, which it has received for six consecutive years. The funds are used to purchase books and host events to celebrate one book chosen from 34 Big Read sponsored titles. Community partners and sponsors such as Irving Independent School District, National Scouting Museum, Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Irving Black Arts Council are essential to the event’s success.

This October, the library and partners will be putting on the Ritz with a 1920s-themed tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." The library and Irving ISD selected "Dave at Night" by Gail Carson Levine and "Winnie the Pooh" by A.A. Milne to serve as the companion titles for children.

Since 2008, Irving has celebrated a variety of literature from the poems of Edgar Allan Poe to the dystopian classic "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.

"The Big Read provides us with the opportunity to draw the community together to read and talk about the themes of our chosen novel and companion titles," said Lea Bailey, Irving ISD Learning Resources Director and Big Read participant. "With 'Gatsby' we expect plenty of discussion about our community's past and hopes for the future."

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about The Big Read, please visit neabigread.org. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jan Bodnar at (972) 721-3502.

Posted June 13


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