|Choctaw County Library host site for ‘The Big Read’ program|
|Tuesday, 04 June 2013 00:00|
The Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma (SEPLSO) announced that it has received a grant of $13,125 to host The Big Read in all 15 of its libraries, including the Choctaw County Public Library.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. The Southeastern Public Library System is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014.
The Big Read in SEPLSO’s libraries will focus on “True Grit,” by Charles Portis. Activities will take place starting Oct. 5 through Nov. 16, 2013.
“All of our libraries are excited to be part of the celebration of Charles Portis’s classic tale of how a 14-year-old girl seeks a man with ‘true grit’ to help bring to justice the man who killed her father and shows she has ‘true grit’ herself,” said Wayne Hanway, Executive Director of the Southeastern Public Library System. “Not only is it a great story, the action takes place right here in southeast Oklahoma. This is an important book about a colorful time in our local history, and it’s so good that it has been made into two movies.”