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 www.neabigread.org for more information!
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!
In October 2011, we featured the works of Edgar Allen Poe. We ran a teen and adult short story contest - calling for stories reminiscent of Poe’s style.
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.