The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
Are you an informed and engaged citizen? Bill Moyers investigates issues affecting democracy—money in politics, the environment, and internet neutrality—with Moyers on America, a series of three documentaries. You can connect, reflect, and respond to these hotly debated topics by joining the Moyers on America Citizens Class. This national dialogue will take a hard look at some of today’s most pressing issues and ask: What do you think?
There is a great divide separating the kind of care Americans say they want at the end of life and what our culture currently provides. Surveys show that we want to die at home, free of pain, surrounded by the people we love. But the vast majority of us die in the hospital, alone, and experiencing unnecessary discomfort. Bill Moyers goes from the bedsides of the dying to the front lines of a movement to improve end-of-life care in On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying.
When author Paul Volponi learned that his book Black and White (Penguin, 2005) was included in the ALA Great Stories CLUB (GSC) grant program, he headed online right away to see how he could get involved. After finding the list of participating libraries, he contacted a few personally, offering to conduct conference calls with teens.
Two libraries have already taken advantage of his offer:
I have a last-minute opportunity for you! A total of nine DVD sets of We Shall Remain will be given away in two drawings.
Just send Bruce Curliss an email, letting him know about a library event that you are planning to coincide with the on-air broadcast of We Shall Remain between April and May 11. Your activity could be a discussion group, book club reading, book display, or any other activity, such as those described in the library event kit.
On Monday of National Library Week, April 13, 2009, the first of five episodes in the American Experience program, We Shall Remain, will air on PBS television stations. Librarians are invited to plan public programming, and help awaits them in a twenty-six page We Shall Remain event kit that can be downloaded in PDF format.