NEA Big Read: Pretty Monsters

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Orange County Library System is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2019-September 2020. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. This year, the Orange County Library System, in partnership with Valencia College, celebrates Pretty Monsters by author Kelly Link. A virtual kickoff event featuring the author will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 23 2020. Many more virtual events will take place through September 13, 2020. Register for an NEA Big Read event today and join us to discover the treasures your imagination digs up!

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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    Call the OCLS Storyline at 407.835.7333 and select from the following:

    • 4 - You're It, a tale of a game gone wrong told by Bill C.
    • 5-  Tailypo, a tail of monstrous proportions told by Deanna B.
    • 6- The House in the Woods, a Grimm tale of the forest told by Myles T.
    • 7- The Boy Who Loved to Fish, a Pahokee tale of fish and consequences told by Crystal S.

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