NEA Big Read

We’ve just announced the annual JaxReads! program, and we can’t wait to share it with you! JaxReads! is a community reading opportunity where everyone in Jacksonville is invited to participate in reading the same book. It’s designed to spark community discussion of the book’s themes, and here is your formal invitation to join the conversation! namesake-banner This year, we’ve chosen The Namesake by Pulitzer-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Together, we will delve into themes like immigration, maintaining cultural identity, and the importance of names. We’ll celebrate and expand on these themes through programs at branch libraries like book discussions, stories of immigration, movie screenings, name exploration and more,

namesake-book-cover If you are dying to pick up a copy, check our catalog, we have hundreds of copies of The Namesake available in print, e-book, audio, and large print formats. There are also guerrilla copies scattered in coffee shops and public spaces all throughout the city for folks to read, post about the book (#jaxreads), and then pass the copy along to the next reader.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we are one of only 77 non-profit organizations in the country to receive a partnership grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant was won with the help of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation. The Foundation forms public-private partnerships between generous local individuals and businesses to help further the mission of the library.

Our NEA Big Read festivities will culminate in An Afternoon With Mira Nair, the director of The Namesake the movie! The interview will be led by Parvmira-nairez Ahmed, Ph.D. A skilled director, Mira Nair is equally adept talking to an audience; she began her career in front of the camera, not behind it.

Many sponsor partners have helped with the JaxReads!/NEA Big Read programs. We want to thank each and every one of the local companies that has helped us to achieve this! If you’d like to support our sponsors, and in turn support us, feel free to visit our sponsors and learn more about these excellent community partners!

Florida Eye Specialists

St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry

Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Rogers Towers

Leo Communications, Inc.

Four Points Sheraton, Baymeadows

Lexington Hotel

Promotional Sponsor: Indo-US Chamber of Commerce

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