The Big Read Will Be Held May 7

The Palisades Library wanted to alert patrons that the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the  library, 861 Alma Real.

The book, Roz Chast’s, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is the NEA Big Read book for 2024.  There will be free copies of the book to the first nine people who arrive for the program.

This graphic novel strives to bring laughter to situations that anyone who is or has been a caregiver for their parents or has ever just worried at night about what to do, will recognize. Participants will explore relationships with his/her parents through writing and by creating portraits of them.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to or come to the Reference Desk.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,800 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $25 million to organizations nationwide.

NEA, in partnership with Arts Midwest, announced grants to 62 nonprofit organizations to hold Big Read programming in 2023-2024.

Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant—which ranges between $5,000 and $20,000—is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As.

The total grant money awarded to different areas to support programming around a contemporary book is $1,075,000.

“The NEA Big Read brings the transformative experience of reading to an entire community,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “This year’s grantees are taking themes off the page and using creative programming to navigate difficult topics, explore new perspectives, and strengthen bonds between neighbors.”

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