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Portage County District Library’s Big Read Book Discussions at Branch Libraries

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Portage County District Library is once again partnering with Hiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature to bring The Big Read to Portage County residents. This community-wide reading program will feature the title Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. The Big Read book discussions will take place at various branch libraries in the month of October. Into the Beautiful North is a story about a young Mexican woman who decides to go north herself to recruit men to repopulate her village and protect it from the outlaws who plan on taking it over.

The Pierce Streetsboro Library will feature a book discussion on Wednesday, October 7 beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the meeting room. Copies of the book are available for pick up any time prior to the meeting.  Call the Pierce Streetsboro Library at 330-626-4458 for registration and questions. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Pierce Streetsboro Library. Call 330-626-4458 for more information. The Pierce Streetsboro Library is located at 8990 Kirby Lane, Streetsboro OH 44241. The library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

The Book Discussion Club of the Garrettsville Library will meet to discuss this title on Tuesday, October 20 in the library meeting room from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Patrons may sign up for this discussion at the reference desk where copies of the book will be available. Call 330-527-4378 for more information. The Garrettsville Library is located at 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231. The library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and closed Thursday and Sunday.

Aurora Memorial Library’s Book Discussion Club will discuss Into the Beautiful North on Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the title are available for pick up at the circulation desk. Call 330-562-6502 for more information. The Aurora Memorial Library is located at 115 East Pioneer Trail, Aurora, OH 44202. The library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and closed Thursday and Sunday.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The NEA inaugurated The Big Read as a pilot project in 2006 with ten communities featuring four books. The Big Read continues to expand to include more communities and additional books. To date, more than 1,100 grants have been awarded to communities in the United States to host Big Reads since the program’s 2007 national launch.

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