Big Read Program 2010 Launch Set for Jan. 22 in V.I.
The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) will launch the Big
Read Program 2010 on Friday, Jan. 22, celebrating Ernest Gaines'
best selling novel "A Lesson Before Dying." The launch will take
place at The Battery, Cruz Bay, St. John.
The Big Read Program is a partnership between the Department of
Planning & Natural Resources - Division of Libraries and
Museums, the University of the Virgin Islands' Reichhold Center for
the Arts and IT - Learning Resources and Student Technology
Services Area, the Department of Education, and the Virgin Islands
Over 100 free copies of the book are now available for pick up,
while supplies last at the Julius E. Sprauve Library. More copies
will be available for loan from libraries throughout the Territory.
Community members will be brought together through a variety of
activities from now through the middle of June.
On Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The VI Council on the Arts and the
First Lady Mrs. Cecile deJongh will host the program's kickoff with
more than 100 invited guests at the St. John Battery. The event
will feature a cajun inspired theme with cuisine, art works, and
music from the Southern United States. Other speakers at the
kickoff event include the Honorable Judge Alan Smith and the Big
Read 2010 spokesperson, Officer Delvin K. Fleming of the
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the
Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American
culture. The National Endowment, in partnership with the Institute
of Museums and Library Services and Arts Midwest, brought together
partners from across the United States to encourage reading for
pleasure and enlightenment.
The U.S. Virgin Islands is one of the 189 communities nationwide
participating in the Big Read from September 2009 and June 2010.
Locally, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts will organize panel
discussions and film screenings to engage the community at
community centers, libraries, and schools. Upcoming events will be
announced throughout the year.
For more information on the Big Read in the Virgin Islands, call
Tasida Kelch at (340) 774-5984 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.