Library Receives Third "Big Read" Grant

This year's book selection is "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by famed African American author, Zora Neale Hurston. Many events around the book's themes are planned


From the San Leandro Library -

The San Leandro Public Library has been selected to receive a third, consecutive Big Read Grant.  The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

The goal of the Big Read, which is the largest reading program in the U.S, is to bring together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

The San Leandro Public Library has selected Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Big Read San Leandro Program will run from February  through March 2013.

A four-session art workshop for youth in grades six through twelve based upon the book will be held in January and February. Other events are also planned.

Updated information and details about The Big Read will be posted on the San Leandro Library's webpage as the Big Read dates approach.

On February 1 (in connection with The Big Read) creations from the Oakland Quilt Guild will go on display at the San Leandro Main Library, located at 300 Estudillo Avenue, in an exhibit called "Ancestral Themes".  That evening there will also be a presentation of live gospel music from 7 to 8:30 p.m. that will be free and open to the public.

You can read more about author Zora Neale Hurston here.

Elisabeth Huffmaster November 19, 2012 at 08:16 AM
I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. What really struck me was recognizing Moses as the Paul of the Old Testament, so versed in knowledge and culture of religion of the time. I would expect no less an imagination in a preacher's daughter writer.


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