Ellsworth Public Library is a recipient of a grant of $13,100 to host the NEA Big Read in Ellsworth, Maine.  Ellsworth Public Library is one of 78 nonprofit organizations in the country to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program between September 2019 and June 2020. The NEA Big Read in Ellsworth will focus on Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  Activities will take place in May 2020.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the NEA to host a series of programs next spring related to the book Lab Girl. We are very excited about the partnerships and community engagement opportunities that this grant will facilitate,” said Ellsworth Public Library Director Amy Wisehart.

The library will partner with a wide variety of community partners, including The Jackson Laboratory, The Grand Auditorium, The UMaine Cooperative Extension of Hancock County, The Ellsworth Garden Club, and Ellsworth schools, to present an array of programming for all ages.

“It is inspiring to see both large and small communities across the nation come together around a book,” said National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We always look forward to the unique ways cities, towns, and organizations, like Ellsworth Public Library, explore these stories and encourage community participation in a wide variety of events.”