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Gloucester County Library receives $14,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes announced today that the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) has received a $14, 000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host the 'Big Read Event' in Gloucester County.

Director Damminger, said "This grant provides us with the opportunity to promote the Big Read program, which broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. We are proud that Gloucester County Library System has been chosen to receive this prestigious national grant."

Freeholder Barnes noted that The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the focus of the Big Read Event hosted by GCLS and all activities and events will take place in April 2017.    

Barnes, who serves as liaison to the Gloucester County Library System, said "The Gloucester County Library System is one of seventy-seven nonprofit organizations nationwide, and one of only four in New Jersey to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read Event. This is really exciting and the NEA Big Read program illustrates how literacy and reading can bring together people in the community.  We are delighted Gloucester County has been afforded the benefit to share this distinguished event with our residents."

The NEA Big Read events will kick off at the Mullica Hill Library on April 1, 2017 with a 1920's themed party. “Participants will be encouraged to attend in their roaring twenties attire and attendees will be able to transport themselves into scenes and enjoy refreshments,” said Barnes.  Scenes will be made using the MakerStudio@GLCS green screen.

Partnering with Gloucester County cultural and educational institutions, the month’s activities will include book discussions, exhibits, and a cabaret-style performance. The Gatsby-themed activities will conclude on April 29, 2017 with a book discussion by Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, critic-in-residence/lecturer at Georgetown University, and author of “So We Read On: How The  Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures.”

A full schedule of NEA Big Read Activities will be available in early 2017. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.