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NEA Big Read

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant in partnership with the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), Montgomery Community Media, the Gaithersburg Book Festival, and Montgomery History. The Big Read goal is to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and spread the transformative power of literature into lives.

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.

NEA Big Read logoThe book selected for the 2018 Big Read in Montgomery County is The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dinaw Mengestu . This book tells the story of the immigrant experience in Montgomery County and the Washington metropolitan area, including Silver Spring. Check out the book from MCPL or purchase a copy at a FOLMC bookstore. You can also get more information about the NEA Big Read, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears .

A series of events and activities throughout Montgomery County are planned as part of the Big Read. These events and activities will celebrate the diverse immigrant experiences that residents have brought to the County—enriching it, and making it an even greater place to live. See the planned events below. Please check this site regularly as more events will be added.


Other Events

Author Panel

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, will be hosting an NEA Big Read pre-kickoff featuring a panel of authors who will discuss the immigrant experience in literature including Dawit Gebremichael Habte, author of Gratitude in Low Voices, among others. Tickets are available online.
The Mansion at Strathmore | March 22, 11 am

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Join us for an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony and hambasha (a ceremonial bread eaten on special occasions) tasting presented in partnership with Blessed Coffee. This NEA Big Read Montgomery County event is free and open to the first 50 people who register. Register online beginning in April.
Friends of the Library Bookstore, Old Silver Spring Library | 8901 Colesville Road | May 12, 11 am


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