Sheridan County Library System Receives Grant to Host the “The Big Read”

The Sheridan County Public Library system has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to hose “The Big Read” in Sheridan County. The Big Read is a program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Sheridan County Library system is one of 77 non-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September of this year and June 2014.

The Big Read in Sheridan County will focus on A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines and will kick off with a presentation by Sister Helen Prejean in the Inner Circle of the Fulmer Library on Tuesday, October 1st at 5:30 pm. Sister Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty. Activities will take place throughout October in partnership with The Senior Center, the YMCA, Sheridan College, Sheridan High School, and others. Visit any of the Sheridan County library branches for a full schedule of events.

According to Library Director Cameron Duff, “we are excited about the $7,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as it will be added to an additional $5,000 from The Dodd and Dorothy L. Bryan Foundation, $2,500 from the Library Foundation, and nearly $13,000 from in-kind donations in order to make this a $28,000 program for the community. Without the support of our many partner organizations, the Big Read would be difficult to accomplish in such a short amount of time. Nearly 550 copies of A Lesson Before Dying will be distributed free of charge to residents in preparation for the upcoming discussion events.