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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The Big Read’s little brother

Kids can get in on The Big Read fun with Fake Mustache, a rollicking ride of a book, plus attend lots of fun (and sticky!) events happening in February.


How cowboys do the Artwalk

Here’s your chance to include the celebrities of The Big Read classic western, “True Grit,” in your Artwalk entourage.

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Tallgrass Express String Band

Kick off our Big Read Celebration of True Grit with the Tallgrass Express String Band

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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.