[Libs-Or] Grant: The Big Read

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Mon Oct 27 12:55:45 PDT 2008


Libraries thinking about offering a local community reading program after Oregon Reads 2009, but not sure where to get the funding or support should considering applying for The Big Read grant.  Several libraries and community organizations in Oregon have received The Big Read grant and had very successful programs--Woodburn Public Library, St. Helens Public Library, Milton-Freewater Public Library, Fishtrap, and the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. 
The following contains excerpts of a press release issued by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Arts, announcing the application deadline for the Big Read Grants. The application deadline is February 3, 2009.  Programming must be conducted between September 2009 and June 2010.  View the full press release at: http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/102208a.shtm
Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces the fifth deadline for The Big Read. The purpose of The Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 - $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading by developing and carrying out programming revolving around a single work of literature. Programming must be conducted between September 2009 and June 2010. This will be the only application deadline in 2009.
Big Read grants require the participation of a library as a lead applicant or a partner. IMLS strongly encourages museums of all types to apply as lead applicants or as partner organizations in The Big Read. Communities across the country have strengthened their Big Read projects by enlisting the support of art, science, history, and children's museums, as well as aquaria, arboreta, botanical gardens, nature centers, and zoos.
The Request for Proposals can be downloaded at www.NEABigRead.org. The proposal deadline is February 3, 2009. Questions should be directed to Arts Midwest at 612-238-8010 or TheBigRead at artsmidwest.org.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
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