The Big Read

National Endowment for the Arts

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to promote literature in Amerian culture and encourage citizens to read for enjoyment and insight. OCLS has been selected to participate in the Big Read a total of four times since the program’s national launch in 2007.

The Big Read hopes to address the decline of literary reading in America by providing select organizations the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within the community through grants and a variety of resources. Visit for more information!

Throughout May 2013, we highlighted the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan with a diverse selection of programs, events, and resources!

We hosted book discussions, programs featuring experts on Chinese-American Literature and Amy Tan, Lion Dancers, a Chinese Tea event for children and an online scavenger hunt!

2008: To Kill a Mockingbird

In February of 2008, we promoted Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird with book discussions and events.

The kickoff was hosted by Charles J. Shields, author of The New York Times Bestseller MOCKINGBIRD: A Portrait of Harper Lee.

2007: Their Eyes Were Watching God

During February 2007, we celebrated Zora Neale Hurston and Their Eyes Were Watching God with storytelling programs, crafts and book discussions.

Watch the highlights of The Big Read kickoff featuring guest speakers and storytellers.

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