LSC-O’s Ron E. Lewis Library Receives $11,200 Grant to Host the SETX Big Read

The Lamar State College-Orange Ron E. Lewis Library received a grant in the amount of $11,200 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 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 grant will help 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.

“The NEA Big Read organization provides curriculum guides, banners and program support for our SETX Big Read,” said Mary J. McCoy, director of Library and Learning Resources at LSC-O. “The partners organize programming, but only the community participation will assure a successful SETX Big Read in the spring of 2013.”
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).

“We are pleased to be able to partner with other groups in the area to bring the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read to Southeast Texas,” said McCoy. “Any programs and events that promote reading benefit all the members of our communities and make our communities better places to live.”

The SETX Big Read will focus on the book “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.”

Any school or group interested in participating in the SETX Big Read can contact Mary J. McCoy at the Ron E. Lewis Library at 409-882-3083.