TOPEKA LIBRARY -- The Big Read 2010: Explore the Mysterious Side of Your Library Library earns National Endowment for the Arts grant for community reading event
This October, Topeka and Shawnee County community members get to embrace their inner snoop through reading and other activities associated with The Big Read.
Detective novel The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is this year’s Big Read book. Community members are encouraged to check out a copy, read, and inspire other people across Shawnee County to read and talk about it too.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library was one of only 75 communities selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for The Big Read grant – down from 208 grantees last year. The NEA provided the library with a $12,775 matching grant.
“The Maltese Falcon comes to life through community discussions, art events, programming and outreach made possible by the grant money,” said Marie Pyko, Public Services Manager. “We’ll be hosting expert lecturers, a jazz singer and a mystery-themed dinner theatre written and performed by library staff and members of the Topeka Civic Theatre. Our programming lineup is sure to inform and thrill.”
The library will also be boosting our collection – with a purchase of multiple copies of the book – so more people can read, listen to or watch The Maltese Falcon. Copies will also be given away at select library events throughout the month of October.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, four-star rated landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training. Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.