OCEANSIDE—The Oceanside Public Library, 330 N. Coast Highway 101, has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read in Oceanside, set for April and May 2010.
The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 30 selections from American and world literature. The Big Read in Oceanside will focus on “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. This book is a collection of stories that describe the experiences of a fictional platoon of American soldiers during the Vietnam War.
The Oceanside Public Library will be partnering with several local organizations, educational institutions and veteran’s groups for the event, including the Oceanside Museum of Art, The Oceanside Historical Society, Camp Pendleton Libraries, Veteran’s Association of North County and a group of local published military authors.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to bring this National Endowment of the Arts grant to Oceanside and our neighbors at Camp Pendleton,” said Monica Chapa-Domercq, adult services librarian for the Oceanside Public Library. “We have innovative and exciting programming planned for our Big Read that we are sure will inspire reading.”
Additional support for The Big Read is provided by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Public Library Foundation.
The Oceanside Public Library is one of 269 organizations selected nationwide to participate in The Big Read.
For further information about The Big Read events in Oceanside, contact Monica Chapa-Domercq at (760) 435-5600 or visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org.