LSC-O’s Ron E. Lewis Library One of 76 Organizations Nationwide to Receive Big Read Grant

The Lamar State College-Orange Ron E. Lewis Library has been recommended for a grant to host The SETX Big Read in Orange and Jefferson Counties. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

The Ron E. Lewis Library is one of 76 not-for-profits to be recommended for a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2012 and June 2013. The SETX Big Read will focus on “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya.

“Since 2006, nearly three million Americans have attended a Big Read event, more than 39,000 volunteers have participated locally, and nearly 27,000 community partner organizations have been involved,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The Big Read’s success depends on these commitments of time, energy, and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing these 76 communities come together in celebration of a great work of literature.”

The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $17,000 to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including Reader’s, Teacher’s, and Audio Guides. Most of the Big Read activities will take place in the spring of 2013.

Please join LSC-O and the other partners at a reception for the official grant announcement Thursday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m., on the Second Floor of the Ron E. Lewis Library.

Partners with the LSC-O Ron E. Lewis Library in the SETX Big Read include the Lamar University Department of English and Modern Languages and Mary and John Gray Library, Orange Public Library, Port Arthur Public Library, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD, West Orange-Cove CISD, Bridge City ISD, AAUW Bookends, and the Stark Museum of Art (non-recipient partner). For more information about The Big Read please visit