The Big Read


The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read in Topeka and Shawnee County will focus on True Grit by Charles Portis. Activities will take place Feb. 1 – 28, 2015.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities.

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Tallgrass Express String Band

Kick off our Big Read Celebration of True Grit with the Tallgrass Express String Band, “Pride of the Flint Hills.” A free concert will be held in Marvin Auditorium Sun. Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. Just like Mattie and her crew, balladeer Annie Wilson and her band will lead you on a wild musical chase […]

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Feb-March Library News

The Feb-Mar issue of Library News is headed to your doorstep! Get all the info you need to beat winter boredom, plus, it’s a Big Read special issue packed with western adventure.


True Grit Wins! Thanks for Voting in our Big Read Poll

You helped us select the next community read book. Together we’ll delve into the themes and characters in True Grit by Charles Portis. See voting results inside this post.


Help Select the 2015 Big Read Book

The Big Read is an initiative that gets everyone in the community to read the same book. This year we need the community’s help in deciding what to read. You can cast your vote for the next community read inside this post.

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