This spring Hewes Library will join The Galesburg Public Library and the surronding community in The Big Read. The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.
Each year, communities apply for grant funding to select a book and read the book as a community, looking at the piece's themes and encouraging events to coincide with reading the text. This year, My Ántonia by Willa Cather was selected as the book for Western Illinois Reads - organized by the Galesburg Public Library. The Big Read has a reader's guide set up to provide context for the book and additional resources available.
There are several events planned - in addition to discussions of the book. More information can be found on the Galesburg Public Library's Big Read webpage.