Vermont Department of Libraries

June 5, 2007


Filed under: Programs & Resources — vtdeptlib @ 8:48 am

From the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences:

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

Dear Colleague,

The Institute of Museum and Library Services , in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, is proud to announce the third deadline for the Big Read program. The Big Read aims to reenergize the role of literary reading in American culture.

Libraries bring the expertise necessary to inspire their communities to connect with literature and revitalize the role of reading in community life. All museums and libraries are encouraged to take part in the Big Read.

In addition to grants ranging from $2,500 – $20,000, a library of related materials is available to inspire literary reading and entice readers to join the Big Read in their local communities. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will receive a grant, financial support to attend a national orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials for broad distribution, an organizer’s guide for developing and managing Big Read Activities, inclusion of the organization and its activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately 200 organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected in this cycle.

Request for Proposals Deadline is April 12, 2007

The library of related materials provided to each of the selected organizations includes:BIG READ Materials

  • Reader’s guides for each book, providing historical context, author biographies, discussion questions, and more.
  • Teacher’s guides for each novel, with ten days of lesson plans, including writing assignments, discussion questions, and handouts.
  • CDs for each book, with commentary from renowned artists, educators, and public figures.
  • TV spots and radio programming, as part of a comprehensive media plan.
  • Publicity materials, including posters, banners, and bookmarks.

Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director, IMLS

Go to to download the Guidelines and Application.

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.341.0755 or e-mail

Intent to apply deadline (strongly encouraged): June 29, 2007
Application deadline: July 31, 2007
Project activity: January – June 2008


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