Quincy Public Library will host a kick-off party for the NEA Big Read, to engage community members of all ages, on September 14 from 4 to 6 pm at Upper Moorman Park. Pick up a free book; enjoy some light refreshments, music, and exciting children’s activities. Alderman Tom Ernst will give the welcome, followed by an insightful talk about the Big Read book choice, Five Skies by Ron Carlson, by Dr. Mark Mossman from Western Illinois University.
The NEA Big Read selection and the corresponding Little Read selections are all about pushing the boundaries – setting a high goal – and extending oneself beyond what’s thought possible – and in small and large ways learning more about oneself and one’s capacity for work and adventure. Readers may choose to receive one free copy of Five Skies by Ron Carlson, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, or Flat Stanley Goes Camping by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan.
Books and refreshments will be available on a first come basis, as long as supplies last.
In the month following the kick off, readers of all ages can participate in special Big Read events. Adult Monday movies will feature exciting films highlighting experiences similar to the story in Five Skies. Special events include a visit with the Harley Owner’s Group, to learn about motorcycles and motorcycle touring; a talk and photos showing the landscape and wildlife of the Mark Twain National Forest; and a Skype discussion with Five Skies author Ron Carlson.
Quincy Art Center will join in the NEA Big Read, through September 30, with the Big Scapes exhibit, artwork from Quincy Art Center’s collection that highlights wide open spaces, similar to that found in Five Skies.
Teen readers are invited to participate in book discussions, a survivalist cooking workshop, and a Western round-up.
The concurrent Little Read allows the youngest readers to learn about adventure and the great outdoors in exciting story times and lively family programs, including Big Trucks, a chance to cozy up to a dump truck and back hoe; and an opportunity to pet turtles, crawdads and fish with a presentation from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Book discussions create opportunities for a community to explore together the common themes and current issues that are relevant in our lives. Quincy’s Big Read will host many book discussions, including one with the author of Five Skies, Ron Carlson.
To see a full list of NEA Big Read and Little Read events and book discussions, visit quincylibrary.org.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspective, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.
The NEA grant brings federal funds to the Quincy area. Local support for Quincy’s Big Read is provided by the Friends of the Quincy Public Library, Blessing Health System, the Regional office of Education, Knapheide Manufacturing, and additional business and individual donors. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from the Paul H and Anne B Gardner Memorial Fund through the Community Foundation.
Additional information is available online at quincylibrary.org or at neabigread.org, or by calling Quincy Public Library at 217-223-1309.
The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.