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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!