Massanutten Regional Library today announced that it has received a $10K grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read for the third consecutive year in a row. MRL is one of 269 nonprofits–including arts, culture, and science organizations; libraries; and municipalities–to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2009 and June 2010.
The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 30 selections from U.S. and world literature. The Big Read this time will focus on the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe and activities will take place throughout the month of October 2009.
Massanutten Regional Library has been honored with this grant two previous times for the following works/Big Read projects: To Kill a Mockingbird – Fall 2007 and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Fall of 2008. During these projects, MRL distributed over 10,000 free books and materials to Valley readers and hosted numerous literary and artistic events to support the program and to pique residents interest in reading classic literature.
Components of the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Big Read will include:
- Distribution of 5,000 free copies of the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe (including 1,000 to area middle and high schools) beginning October 1, 2009.
- POEtry nights at local non-profits and community gathering places
- POE man’s lunch weekly book discussions
- Reading and screening of Fall of the House of Usher
- POEtry lock-in for teens at Main Branch featuring a POEtry slam, Goth fashion show and more.
- Weekly children’s Poe-related crafts at all MRL branches
- Candlelight tour of downtown area cemeteries to “meet Poe Contemporaries”
- Final celebration at Halloween on the Square featuring Poe readings, programs for children and performances by Scott Jones, a noted Poe dramatist.