For our inaugural Big Read, we read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.
So, just how big was our Big Read?
- At least 450 people read The Namesake
- At least 550 people read one of our Little Reads
- At least 2,850 people attended a Big Read-related program or author visit at a District 54 school
- At least 3,000 people viewed our visiting exhibit titled Immigration Through the Eyes of Teens
That's quite an accomplishment for just six weeks!