Monday, June 16, 2008

National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $2,000,000 in Grants for The Big Read

GFP Note: Reading is a wonderful sport at any time, and at any age. For our readers in Georgia, the list of books and libraries who will receive a portion of this grant is listed below the article. Best start reading now!

This September The Big Read is giving even more of the nation's cities and towns something to talk about. Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced that 208 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, and science organizations will receive grants totaling $2,810,500 to host Big Read celebrations between September 2008 and June 2009. The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature. The newest Big Read grantees represent 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To date, the NEA has given more than 500 grants to support local Big Read projects.

See a complete listing of the grantees.

"Everything the NEA does we do in partnership. I am delighted to announce our 208 new partners in The Big Read. Some are new to the program, some are returning, but all of them have answered the call to action to get our country reading again," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia.

"With this latest round of grants, I am proud to say that The Big Read has supported more than 500 public library partnerships," said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the NEA's lead federal partner for The Big Read. "Through this program, public libraries continue to demonstrate their value in communities as centers of engagement, literacy, and lifelong learning. I am particularly delighted by the innovative public programming born out of library and museum collaborations."

The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title. Reader's Guides include features such as author biographies, historical context for the book, and discussion questions. Teacher's Guides adhere to National Council of Teachers of English standards and include lesson plans, essay topics, and reproducible handouts.

The Big Read Audio Guides, which also can be used as radio programming, feature readings from the novel along with commentary from renowned artists, educators, and public figures such as Robert Redford, Colin Powell, and Mary-Louise Parker, and Big Read authors such as Amy Tan and Ray Bradbury. With support from IMLS, the Audio Guides for 14 titles from The Big Read library also will be provided to more than 14,000 public libraries nationwide.

Georgia Libraries

University of Georgia/UGA Libraries
Athens, GA
Bless Me, Ultima

Atlanta Historical Society for The Center for Southern Literature
Atlanta, GA
The Great Gatsby

Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association
Brunswick, GA
To Kill a Mockingbird

Muscogee County Friends of Libraries
Columbus, GA
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, Inc.
Douglasville , GA
To Kill a Mockingbird

Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA
A Lesson Before Dying

Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
Fahrenheit 451

Towne Lake Arts Center
Woodstock, GA
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone

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