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Lonesome Pine Library chosen for Big Read grant

Staff report • Jun 9, 2018 at 8:30 PM

WISE — Lonesome Pine Regional Library, a system of Southwest Virginia community libraries headquartered in Wise, is one of 79 nonprofit organizations nationwide chosen for an annual National Endowment for the Arts grant to host a community reading program between September and June of next year.

Lonesome Pine Regional Library will receive a $13,830 grant to host the NEA Big Read, a national initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest. According to a press release, the NEA Big Read program seeks to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Lonesome Pine Regional Library said the NEA Big Read in the region will focus on "Burning Bright" by Ron Rash.

"Our library system is delighted and honored to be awarded this NEA Big Read grant, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to embrace our local culture through the work of an outstanding Appalachian author," said Regional Library Director Amy Bond.

NEA Acting Chairwoman Mary Anne Carter said the program seeks to support opportunities for communities across the nation, big or small.

"This program encourages people to not only discuss a book together, but be introduced to new perspectives, discuss the issues at the forefront of our own lives, and connect with one another at events."

The NEA Big Read showcases a diverse range of contemporary titles reflecting different voices and perspectives to inspire conversation and discovery, according to the release. The main feature of the Big Read initiative is the grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, to annually support community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.

Lonesome Pine Regional Library (www.lprlibrary.org) serves the counties of Wise, Lee, Scott and Dickenson and the city of Norton. The system has nine branches and an outreach department serving 105,000 residents in a 1,700 square mile radius.

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