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, celebrate 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.

NEA Big Read 2019-2020

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 Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link and share your works of literary art inspired by your favorite story in the book. 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
6:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
Please join us for a lively book discussion about the book selection of the month.
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Thursday
August
27
9:00​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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Saturday
August
29
10:00​am
Event Category: Games & Activities
Magic your old t-shirts into stylish handbags. Once complete, accessorize it with faery charms. Bring your own shirt or use one of ours. Inspired by Kelly Link’s short story “The Faery Handbag.”
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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. Recommended ages 15 & older.
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Craft Pack Videos

Follow along with these instructional videos and learn how to do the crafts inspired by Pretty Monsters. To receive a free craft pack complete the NEA Big Read Craft Pack Request form.

Campfire Stories & Crafts: Boondoggles

Campfire Stories & Crafts: Paper Sit-Upon Mat

Genie Bottle Craft: Paper Crane

Genie Bottle Craft: Hidden Wish

Upcycling Faery Handbag

 

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