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 14 at upper Moorman 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 75 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; Blessing Health System; and additional individual and business donors.
To read more about the grant program, visit the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Books and Authors
Adults and teens can pick up a free copy of Ron Carlson’s Five Skies, a piercing novel about three men working a doomed construction project in the Rocky Mountains in Idaho. Kids can choose to receive Hatchet by Gary Paulsen or Flat Stanley Goes Camping by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan.
Books will be available beginning at the Big Read Kick Off and will continue as long as supplies last. One book per person please.
All three of QPL’s Big Read book selections are about pushing the boundaries – setting a high goal – extending oneself beyond what’s thought possible – and in small and large ways learning more about oneself and one’s capacity for adventure.
Tipped-over ranch days on a sage plateau above a quarter-mile deep river gorge. Three troubled men camping under the stars and cooking over an open fire. A doomed motorcycle stunt ramp. With these elements, Ron Carlson crafts a compelling story about three men who uncover truths about each other and themselves. The emotional drama builds throughout the story, yet in a quiet, understated manner, the three main characters come to grace and understanding through hard work.
Read about Five Skies on the NEA Big Read website.
Read about author Ron Carlson.
Read a synopsis of our Skype discussion with Ron Carlson.
This award winning book is a story of survival and transformation. Brian, with no knowledge of the woods, struggles to survive following a small plane crash that left him stranded.
Author Gary Paulsen has written more than 100 books for adults and young readers. He developed a passion for reading after a librarian gave him a book to read, and his own library card. He ran away from home at 14; his taste for adventure and his travels have informed his writing.
Flat Stanley Goes Camping
Flat Stanley is a popular character in children’s literature. Flat Stanley books have sold more than a million copies and have been translated into several other languages. In this book, Flat Stanley’s camping trip teaches him courage and bravery during the adventure.
Jeff Brown, originally a child actor, was a story consultant at Paramount who preferred writing stories himself. He worked as an editor at Warner Books, and sold stories to The New Yorker, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and Esquire.
The NEA Big Read and Little Read offer a month of exciting events in Quincy for all ages. From movies, and discussion groups for adults, a cooking demonstration and round up for teens, and story times, big trucks and motorcycles for kids and families, there are plenty of ways to become involved!
QPL is pleased to offer books, teacher’s guides; discussion guides and additional resources for area educators. Call us at 223-1309 to inquire about teacher packets prepared and delivered to you.
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 Library
- Community Foundation of the Quincy Area- Paul H and Anne B Gardner Memorial Fund
- Blessing Health System
- Knapheide Manufacturing
- Regional Office of Education
- and additional corporate and individual donors
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, to inspire conversation and discovery.
Studies show that there are multiple physical and cultural benefits in reading for pleasure.
Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,300 Big Read programs, providing more than $18 million in grants to organizations across the U.S. Grantees have leveraged more than $42 million in local funding to present their Big Read programs. More than 4.8 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event.
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:
- 2017 Five Skies by Ron Carlson
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Flat Stanley Goes Camping by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan
- 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