Sumter County Library awarded Big Read grant

The Sumter County Library has been awarded a grant to host The Big Read. Managed by Arts Midwest, 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 ReadThe Sumter County Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. Sumter’s Big Read will focus on The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Activities will take place during October 2013.

According to Library Director Robert Harden, “the Sumter County Library is pleased and excited to be chosen to host The Big Read.  This will afford our community the opportunity to explore one of the great works of American literature through a variety of events and programs.”

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, “It’s wonderful to see that these 77 communities are making reading and the celebration of books a priority. I look forward to seeing the innovative ways they find to engage their communities 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 selected organizations will receive 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.

For more information about The Big Read in Sumter, contact Ford Simmons, Sumter County Library, at 803-773-7273 or

Via: South Carolina State Library