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WAUKESHA PUBLIC LIBRARY ONE OF 77 ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE AN NEA BIG READ GRANT

WAUKESHA PUBLIC LIBRARY ONE OF 77 ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE AN NEA BIG READ GRANT

Waukesha to Read and Celebrate To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee During Waukesha Reads – NEA Big Read

May 11, 2016—Waukesha, WI—Waukesha Public Library is a recipient of a grant of $20,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Waukesha. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Waukesha Public Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. The NEA Big Read in Waukesha will focus on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Activities will take place September 30-November 13, 2016.

Grant Lynch, Executive Director of Waukesha Public Library, responds to news of the award, “The management and execution of Waukesha Reads – NEA Big Read over the past nine years has elevated the Waukesha Public Library as a national leader of pro-literacy community-based programs, while solidifying a strong partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The ten-year anniversary is a mark of excellence both for our Library and for that of our city: Waukesha Reads is a testament to the power of volunteerism, of overwhelming civic interest in support of literature and of determination to create something extraordinary for the betterment of our community. There are so many distractions in our world that work to remove us from one another, but Waukesha Reads does the opposite, and it does it well: it truly unites the community through the study of great literature, and I can think of nothing more positive and beneficial to all of us.”

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, “I have the opportunity to travel around the country and see the way the arts can inspire, allow for reflection, and create new experiences. I look forward to the creative ways these 77 organizations will bring their communities together around a great work of literature through their participation in the NEA Big Read.”

Managed by Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The program supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

Waukesha Public Library is proud to collaborate with more than 40 partners, including educational institutions, arts and recreation organizations and area business, to bring this program to our community. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit neabigread.org.

It is the vision of Waukesha Public Library to be the community’s best source for inspiration, ideas and information. The Library staff is committed to serving the public in a customer centered and pro-active manner, providing a wide variety of materials, resources, and services. For more information about the Library, please visit waukeshapubliclibrary.org.

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to arts.gov/50th to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.

Waukesha Reads ~ The Big Read Kickoff Weekend!

Waukesha Reads ~ The Big Read Kickoff Weekend!

Friday, September 25, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday Night Live @ the Five Points
• Free books and program information

Map Your World – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Waukesha Community Arts Project, 320 South St.,
Join the fantasy genre’s tradition of map making at this drop-in event, open to all ages and abilities. Create individual artwork and participate in a collaborative piece to be displayed at Waukesha Public Library. All materials and instruction provided. Details: 262-408-5482 or wcartproject@gmail.com

The Joke Shop Magic Show – 7:00 p.m.
The Joke Shop, 265 W. Main
Free magic show for all ages! Professional and student performers! A whole lot of fun! Details: 262-544-5678

Saturday, September 26, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Waukesha Farmers’ Market, Riverfront Plaza
• Free books and program information
• Drop off books for Children’s Books for Hope

Children’s Books for Hope

Putting books in the hands and homes of children in need.

Thank you to all who donated new and gently used children’s books for the Free Children’s Library located at Waukesha’s Hope Center.

More than 450 books were collected during the Waukesha Reads – The Big Read program. These books are given away to families that visit the Hope Center – putting books in the hands and homes of children in need.

Book donations are accepted throughout the year at Hope Center located at 502 East Avenue in Waukesha.

Where in the World is Poe?

Where in the World is Poe?

Get in on the Flat Poe fun!

Pick up your Flat Poe at the Waukesha Public Library or during Waukesha Reads – The Big Read Kickoff events on September 26 and 27. Take Poe with you wherever you go or send him to friends near and far. Then post photos of your Flat Poe adventures on the Waukesha Reads Facebook page.

We are extremely grateful to artist John Kascht for creating this special Poe for Waukesha Reads – The Big Read.

John is originally from Waukesha and is among a handful of caricaturists whose work is collect by The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. Find out more about John’s work at www.johnkascht.com.

2014 Books Now Available

Do You Know Poe?

Free copies of Poe’s work in both English and Spanish and copies of the children’s companion title, The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine, are now available at the Waukesha Public Library, while supplies last.

Books and program information also will be distributed at Waukesha’s Friday Night Live, September 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and at the Waukesha Farmers’ Market, Saturday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m.-Noon.

 

Special Exhibits

Special Exhibits

Don’t miss these three special
Waukesha Reads ~ THE BIG READ exhibits!

Memory: Soul of a People

October 1-31 at Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
Photographs of Waukesha’s Hispanic community celebrate their traditions, values and humanity. Exhibit is a joint venture of Carroll University’s Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition class taught by Dr. Elena De Costa and Prof. Phil Krejcarek’s Photography classes.Details: 262-524-3682

Renounce Forever

October 1-31 at Waukesha County Museum, 101 W. Main Street, Waukesha
View unique examples of naturalization papers of early Waukesha County immigrants who renounced forever their former countries to become citizens. Also visit the Research Center to look up your own family’s papers! Exhibit is free with museum admission. Details: 262-521-2859

Almont Gallery Art Exhibit

October 5-31, Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main Street, Waukesha
Check out the Almont Gallery windows for art based on the themes of the book created by local artists.

Waukesha Reads Receives 2013 Big Read Grant

WAUKESHA PUBLIC LIBRARY ONE OF 77 ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

TO RECEIVE A BIG READ GRANT

 

Waukesha to read and celebrate Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
during Waukesha Reads
~ The Big Read

 

May 29, 2013—Waukesha, WI—Waukesha Public Library today announced that it has received a grant of $16,000 to host The Big Read in Waukesha. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Waukesha Public Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read in Waukesha will focus on Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Activities will take place September 27- November 3.

“We are pleased and honored to once again partner with the National Endowment for the Arts and the award-winning Big Read program for the fourth time in seven years,” said Grant Lynch, Executive Director of Waukesha Public Library. “This particular grant, the largest that we have ever received, is a testament to the outstanding reach and immeasurable impact of the ‘Waukesha Reads’ series, and receipt further solidifies our role as a leader of public libraries across the nation. The financial and complementary event resources from the NEA present the Waukesha Public Library with a unique opportunity to bring about brand new programs, high-quality materials in multiple languages and much, much more to our expanding community of readers in the City of Waukesha and beyond.”

Everyone is invited to stop by the Library on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to help celebrate this award, learn more about the selected title and enter a drawing for a chance to win a copy of the book. Ten lucky winners will be able to get a head start on their reading for this fall event.

“It’s wonderful to see that these 77 communities are making reading and the celebration of books a priority,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “I look forward to seeing the innovative ways they find to engage their community in these great works of classic and contemporary literature.”

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 77 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants 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, which also are available for download on neabigread.org.

For more information about The Big Read please visit neabigread.org.

It is the vision of Waukesha Public Library to provide a welcoming and dynamic environment where citizens of all ages can find the inspiration, ideas, and information necessary to achieve their full potential. The Library staff is committed to serving the public in a customer centered and pro-active manner, providing a wide variety of materials, resources, and services. For more information about the Library, please visit waukesha.lib.wi.us. For additional information about Waukesha Reads ~ The Big Read, please visit waukeshareads.org or find us on Facebook.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.

Children’s Books for Hope

Children’s Books for Hope

Putting books in the hands and homes of children in need.

Again this year, Waukesha Reads partnered with Volunteers of Lake Country to collect new and gently used children’s books for the Volunteers of Lake Country Free Children’s Library located at Waukesha’s Hope Center. Over 1,000 books are given away each month to children in need in our community.

Over 1,700 books were collected this year for the Children’s Books for Hope project. A special thanks goes to the following organizations and business that collected books:

Allô! Chocolat
Avalon Square
Carroll University
Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium
Girl Scouts (Brownies) of Waukesha
Sprizzo Gallery Caffe
Steaming Cup

Waukesha Community Art Project
Waukesha County Museum

Waukesha County Technical College

Westwood Health and Fitness

Thank you to all who donated! These books will certainly brighten the lives and minds of many children.

 

Walk/Run for Hope

Walk/Run for Hope

Sunday, October 14 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Frame Park  in Waukesha
1150 Baxter St.
Register today to help support Hope Center in Waukesha!
Waukesha Reads is also collecting new and gently used children’s books for Hope Center’s Free Children’s Library through the Children’s Books for Hope project. Donations are accepted at all Waukesha Reads events, most Waukesha Reads partner agencies and at Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., Waukesha. Putting books in the hands and homes of children in need.
Join us for Waukesha Reads Kickoff Weekend

Join us for Waukesha Reads Kickoff Weekend

Friday, September 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Freeman Friday Night Live in Downtown Waukesha

  • Free books and program information at the Five Points

  • 2084: City of the Future at Waukesha Community Art Project , 820 N. Grand Ave. Use your imagination to design a building or vehicle of the future and together we will build a city of 2084. Materials provided. Free!

Saturday, September 29, 8:00-Noon

Waukesha Farmers’ Market, Riverfront Plaza, Waukesha

  • Free books and program information

  • Drop off books for the Children’s Books for Hope project

  • Make a bookmark – One for you and one to share with the children of Hope Center

Waukesha Reads 2012 Selects George Orwell’s 1984

Waukesha Reads 2012 Selects George Orwell’s 1984

Waukesha Reads is proud to announce 1984 by George Orwell as their book for 2012!

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever.

The novel can be summed up in its most famous quote, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

Join us in October as we explore this book and its themes with a broad variety of community-wide events.