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Juneau Public Libraries receives a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant

June 25, 2021 – News

Juneau Public Libraries is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant. A grant of $11,500 will support a community reading program focusing on An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo. JPL expects to have copies of the book to hand out in September when Juneau’s Big Read kicks off.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read program broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

The books available for the 2021-2022 NEA Big Read explore different aspects of American history and culture. Grantees are developing programming that helps communities to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are today, and where we’re going.

This is the third time Juneau Public Libraries has received the NEA Big Read grant.  Our community partners for the project include the University of Alaska Southeast, Alaska State Library, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and 49 Writers. Programming updates and more information can be found closer to the event’s kickoff at bigreadjuneau.org.

For more information, contact Juneau Public Libraries’ Kate Enge at kate.enge@juneau.org or 907-586-0437.