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. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in Partnership with Arts Midwest. This year, the Orange County Library System in partnership with Valencia college celebrate Pretty Monsters by author Kelly Link. A kickoff event featuring the author will take place at the Orlando Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 23 2020. Additional events will take place throughout Central Florida through September 13, 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. Register for an NEA Big Read event today and join us to discover the treasures imagination digs up!

Upcoming Events

Sunday
August
23
2:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
The NEA Big Read series officially begins with a virtual keynote by "Pretty Monsters" author Kelly Link. For more virtual events in this series go to: www.ocls.info/bigread
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Monday
August
24
3:30​pm
In this interactive, family friendly program, Dr. Johnston Bush shares traditional folktales and songs that participants choose and sometimes create by selecting items from her Rocking Story Bag.
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Monday
August
24
6:30​pm
Discuss the book and share your work of literary art inspired by your favorite Pretty Monsters story. Supplies are provided upon request. Ages 18+
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Tuesday
August
25
6:30​pm
Event Category: History, Culture, Genealogy
Dr. Naima Bush delves into the murder, mayhem, abuse, and mutilation are just the tip of the iceberg when we delve deeper into the stories made famous by the Brothers Grimm. Ages 15 and up.
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Wednesday
August
26
6:30​pm
The Food 101 series introduces you to a new topic every month, examining the historical and social significance of what we eat.
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Thursday
August
27
6:30​pm
Event Category: History, Culture, Genealogy
Many of the ghostly tales of Florida focus on crime and grisly murders. This presentation tracks some of the famous murders and serial killers of the state and the ghost stories they left behind.
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Wednesday
September
2
3:30​pm
Event Categories: Games & Activities; Arts & Crafting
Enjoy traditional camp crafts then join us to hear “scary” stories and sing campfire songs. S’mores are an optional but a tasty addition to storytime. Recommended for families.
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Registration Required
Wednesday
September
2
6:30​pm
Learn how Funerary art has evolved throughout history. Registration Required. Register online at ocls.info or call 407.835.7323. Recommended ages 15 and older.
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Thursday
September
3
7:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
Join us as we discuss the story “The Wrong Grave” from Kelly Link’s collection Pretty Monsters and learn the real stories behind Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery.   
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Saturday
September
5
2:00​pm
Event Category: General Events
Join a panel of local influencers as they discuss their top eats, shops, and hangs. Dive in and discover your new nearby favorites...they were right there all along!
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