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Mayor Toni Harp along with the festival of arts and ideas announce the “Big Read”

From Tastie Fish

Earlier this morning at a news conference at City Hall, Mayor Toni Harp in conjunction with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas announced a sparkling educational initiative that will be called the Big Read.

Spearheaded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read centers on the popular novel Into the Beautiful North, a book that provides social commentary on the life and  perspective of an immigrant.

Flanking the Mayor at the news conference was Chad Herzog, New Haven City Librarian Martha Brogan, as well as officials from the New Haven education system, and festival fellows, students that will work with the event.

Toni Harp reaffirmed her commitment to reading, and education during her remarks at the podium.

I like to think this initiative will create something of a community book club. City residents will be encouraged to read a book – the same book – and will then be invited to a series of workshops, discussions, and other events to bring home the full value of that book.

From Tastie Fish
This project inspires me on so many different levels. I’ve said many times how important reading skills are and how we’re working to improve reading in New Haven Public Schools, at each branch of the city library system, and through a number of other literacy programs.
The Big Read is meant to advance the city toward a greater love for learning – by reading”
From Wiki
 Here is a schedule of the free upcoming events in New Haven that will celebrate this exciting initiative.

April 29th, 1:00pm

Big Read: Film and Discussion: The other side of Immigration

New Haven Public Library Fair Haven Branch

May 5th, 5:00pm

The Big Read Block Party at Junta

169 Grand Avenue, New Haven Connecticut

May 25th: 5:30pm

Dinner and Dialogue: Immigration

New Haven Free Public Library Ives Branch

June 17th, 6:00pm

Headline Concert; Troker and Fulaso

Key Bank stage on the New Haven Green

For more information on both the festival, and the Big Read Creative Challenge, feel free visit







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