Big Read Comes to Aberdeen

Big Read Comes to Aberdeen

The K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library is one of 62 organizations across the country that has been selected to receive a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant.

The title selected for 2023 is Heartland by Sarah Smarsh. The library will be partnering with area organizations and groups to bring a wide range of programs, events, and discussion opportunities to residents of northeastern South Dakota. A full list of partners and events will be released in the coming months. These events will begin in October and run through June 2024.

Heartland 9781501133107 HrWorking with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens readers’ understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.

“The NEA Big Read brings the transformative experience of reading to an entire community,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “This year’s grantees, including the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, are taking themes off the page and using creative programming to navigate difficult topics, explore new perspectives, and strengthen bonds between neighbors.”

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,700 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $25 million to organizations nationwide. In addition, NEA Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country.

“Using the captivating power of literature, NEA Big Read events unleash the creative spirit that resides within all of us,” said Torrie Allen, President and CEO of Arts Midwest. “We’re thrilled to support the work of grantees across the nation, including the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, as they inspire conversations and artistic expressions through shared reading experiences.”

Library Director Anna Moser said that the Big Read will be replacing the All Aberdeen Read event for 2023, but they are hoping to bring the event back next year. //

For more information, contact the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library at 605-626-7097.

View more articles about:

books