KRCB to host ‘Big Read’ project, thanks to grant from NEA
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KRCB North Bay Public Media again has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host “Big Read, Sonoma County” during the month of March in 2013. KRCB is one of 78 not-for-profits nationwide to receive a grant to host a “Big Read” project.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

The book selected for Big Read, Sonoma County is the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Planned community events include a theater performance of “The Belle of Amherst,” a panel discussion with scholars of Dickinson and special training for classroom teachers offered through the Sonoma County Office of Education.

The Sonoma County Library is partnering with KRCB and will offer special programs for all ages throughout the month of March celebrating Dickinson’s life and poetry.

The Sonoma County Public Library Foundation is supporting Big Read, Sonoma County by providing funds for community events and projects.

 Local organizations (public and private) are invited to submit a proposal for an event – big or small, public or private – designed to engage people of all ages to read the poetry of Dickinson.

In “Lives Like Loaded Guns” —a recently published book on Dickinson’s life—author Lyndall Gordon said: “To join with her can give an ordinary mind an amazing surge.”

KRCB North Bay Public Media is now accepting grants for events/projects to be held in March 2013.

Application forms and information are available at krcb.org/thebigread.

The deadline for submitting grant proposals is Dec. 1. For more information, contact Cheryl Scholar, KRCB’s community engagement director and the Big Read, Sonoma County program manager at 584-2005 or e-mail cheryl_scholar@krcb.org.

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