DeKalb’s Big Read at the Glidden Homestead Oct. 26

Staff Report

DEKALB, Illinois — DeKalb’s Big Read will partner with the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Welcome Center from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26. Staff from the DeKalb Public Library will be on hand to distribute copies of this year’s Big Read, A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin. Although a fantasy doesn’t seem like a good fit with the homestead’s mission of keeping history alive, there is a connection.

One of the characters in the book is a blacksmith, and the homestead’s blacksmiths will be on hand demonstrating their skills. Kids will have an opportunity to “blacksmith” with toy anvils and hammers, and the homestead and welcome center will be open for tours.

Admission is free.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations in the nation to receive a grant to host a Big Read project and one of three organizations to have received it eight years in a row. The Big Read Steering Committee meets to plan and organize all of the events. The committee includes the library, Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, DeKalb School District 428, Kishwaukee College Family Literacy Program, Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming, and honorary chairman State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Sycamore.

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 77 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. Because the grant is a matching grant, the library has to raise the equal amount to support the program. Monetary donations are accepted, as well as donations in kind.

For more about the Glidden Homestead, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org or call (815) 756-7904. For more about DeKalb’s Big Read, visit the DeKalb Public Library at 309 Oak St., online at www.dkpl.org or call (815) 756-9568.

Posted Oct. 22, 2014

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