The NEA Big Read and Little Read
The NEA Big Read and the Little Read, Quincy’s popular community read for all ages, will kick off Thursday, September 15 at Clat Adams Park. Come pick up your free book and get ready for a month of exciting events!
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for The Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Quincy Public Library was selected as one of 77 nationwide recipients for the NEA Big Read in a competitive grant process.
Quincy Public Library enjoys wide community support for the NEA Big Read, including the Friends of the Quincy Public Library; Ready, Set, Grow; Blessing Health System; Knapheide Manufacturing; Michelmann Foundation; Quincy Noon Kiwanis; the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area; and additional individual and business donors.
To read more about the grant program or to access reader’s guides or teacher’s guides for any of the Big Read titles, visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.
The Books and Authors
Adults can pick up a free copy of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, a compelling tale of memory, fate and self-discovery in either print or digital versions. Teens may choose either The Joy Luck Club or American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Kids can choose to receive The Five Ancestors, Book 1: Tiger by Jeff Stone or Dragon Dance by Joan Holub (print versions only.)
Books will be available beginning at the Big Read Kick Off and will continue as long as supplies last. One book per person please.
American Born Chinese
American Born Chinese is a multi-award winning graphic novel turned fable, ingeniously combining a traditional Chinese folk tale with a story that highlights the dilemma of fitting in to the expectations of culture while respecting family tradition.
Gene Luen Yang was named by the U. S. Library of Congress as the 2016 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He began his career as a computer engineer, but soon transitioned to teaching. He has written many books and comics, including Superman for DC Comics. He is an advocate for using graphic novels as educational tools in the classroom.
Read more about Gene Luen Yang.
The Five Ancestors, Book 1: Tiger
This adventure story, set in 1650s China, tells the story of five brothers fleeing the countryside and going their separate ways to uncover the secrets of their past. The book is a lightning-paced page-turner, showing bursts of humor and characters who are clearly virtuous or evil.
Author Jeff Stone believes in “writing what you know.” He traveled to China for research for The Five Ancestors series of books. He practices martial arts and tested for his black belt in Shaolin Do Kung Fu at the legendary Shaolin Temple. Like the main characters in The Five Ancestors, Jeff was also an orphan.
Read more about The Five Ancestors and Jeff Stone.
Dragon Dance introduces the customs of Chinese New Year in this festive, rhyming, and beautifully illustrated book.
Joan Holub has written more than 130 books for children, including the Goddess Girls series, Heroes in Training, and Breakout at Bug Lab. Read more about Joan Holub.
The NEA Big Read and Little Read offer a month of exciting events in Quincy for all ages. From movies, discussion groups, and lectures for adults, a cooking demonstration and tai chi class for teens, and story times and festival for kids and families, there are plenty of ways to become involved!
To view a pdf of all QPL Big Read events, click here.
To view today’s events, check our Library calendar.
To view nationwide NEA Big Read events, visit neabigread.org.
QPL is pleased to offer books, teacher’s guides; discussion guides and additional resources for area educators. Click the links below to access the material you need, or call us at 223-1309 to inquire about teacher packets prepared and delivered to you.
The Joy Luck Club Teacher’s guide
The Joy Luck Club Discussion guide
The Joy Luck Club Audio guide
The Five Ancestors: Tiger Teacher’s guide
American Born Chinese Teacher’s resources
The NEA Big Read and the Little Read would not be possible without the support from the many corporate, civic and individual donors. Their participation affirms the importance our Quincy community places on literacy and the value of literacy in building a stronger community.
- Friends of the Quincy Public Library
- Ready, Set, Grow
- Blessing Health Systems
- Knapheide Manufacturing
- Michelmann Foundation
- Quincy Noon Kiwanis
- Community Foundation of the Quincy Area
- State Street Bank
- Verve Aesthetics
- Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates
- Peoples Prosperity Bank,
- O’Donnell’s Pest Control
- CHS Employee Benefit Services
About the NEA Big Read
The NEA Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, showcases a diverse range of contemporary titles reflecting different voices and perspectives. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of the world through the joy of sharing a good book, allowing participants to approach and discuss universal issues.
Over the last decade, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,255 Big Read programs, providing more than $17 million in grants to organizations across the U.S.
About the NEA Big Read – Quincy and the Little Read
Quincy Public Library began offering the NEA Big Read in 2008. Each year QPL undergoes a competitive grant process, which brings federal dollars to our area, for selection as an NEA Big Read location. Strong community support and participation with the program has encouraged us to continue the NEA Big Read with additional titles since then. Beginning in 2014, QPL began offering the Little Read, following requests for a corresponding program for younger readers.
Big Read and Little Read titles offered in Quincy include:
- 2016 The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Five Ancestors: Tiger by Jeff Stone
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub
- 2015 (Little Read only)
The Cupcake Caper by Gertrude Chandler Warner;
Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker by Linda Hayward
- 2014 The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett;
The Malted Falcon by Bruce Hale;
The Lost Dinosaur Bone by Mercer Mayer
- 2013 True Grit by Charles Portis
- 2012 The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- 2011 Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
- 2010 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- 2009 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- 2008 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Riddles and Answers
QPL’s NEA Big Read and Little Read kick off on September 15, the date China celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival. One festival tradition is to hang up beautiful lanterns with riddles attached. It is said that solving the riddles can be tough – like fighting a tiger – so the lanterns are known as “lantern tigers.”
Our riddles were placed as fortunes inside of cookies. Share your riddles with your friends and family to see who can “fight the tiger!” Keep reading to see the riddles and the answers.
- At night they come without being
fetched. By day they are lost
without being stolen.
- Hard at work day and night, it
counts numbers over and over
but never gets past twelve.
- Twin sisters, same height, work in
kitchen, arm in arm. Whatever is
cooked, they always try it first.
- Far away it looks like a wall. Up
close, looks like a row of houses.
It can travel 1000s of miles a day.
- This steed runs fast but cannot
stand. People ride this steed who
never eats grass.
- Two small boats, five guests each,
sail on land, never water. Busy
during daytime, anchored at night.
Answer: Pair of shoes
- What do you call a rich fish?
- What is full of holes but
still holds water?
- What building has
the most stories?
- Take off my skin and I will not
cry. But you will.
What am I?
- What can you catch,
but not throw?
- It looks green, opens red. You eat
red, but spit back black.
What is it?
- Red through and through. It has no
mouth, but eats much. It fears
water but not wind. What is it?
- When you wash, it isn’t clean.
When you don’t wash, it is.
What is it?
- It is said he has little strength,
but he carries his house on his
back. What is he?
- Five brothers, born together of
flesh and bone, but all different
heights. What are they?
- A thick head, an empty belly.
Whack it with a stick, it cries
“Tong, tong, tong.” What is it?