Danville-Boyle County to Read and Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe During The Big Read

September 5, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library is a recipient of a grant of $7,010 to host The Big Read in Danville-Boyle County. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The Boyle County Public Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read in Danville will focus on Great Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. More than 30 activities will be offered at various locations throughout the community September 21 – October 31, 2015.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The Big Read is a powerful example of how the arts can bring communities together and help us to connect with one another. These 75 organizations, including the Boyle County Public Library, are creating valuable opportunities for their communities to share wonderful stories and characters and to have meaningful conversations."

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 37 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 75 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs. The NEA has also developed high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including reader’s guides, teacher’s guides, and audio programming, all of which are available to the public on neabigread.org.

A Kick-Off Party for The Big Read: Unpuzzling Poe is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Library. Activities include a dramatic reading of "The Bells," a book give-away, a Poe-themed photo booth, an art activity for children, and a Bell Choir performance by Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. Programs and performances will continue to be offered throughout the community for six weeks, including events at West T. Hill Community Theatre, the Forkland Festival, Shaker Village, and many other venues. Many of the events are free, some are free but require tickets (available in advance at the Library), and some charge for admission. More information about The Big Read: Unpuzzling Poe events can be found at the Library.

For more information about The Big Read please visit neabigread.org.

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.