Viewpoint: Big read helps literacy

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Last year, The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Albany State University, in partnership with the Dougherty County Library, was one of 269 community organizations and institutions of higher education nationwide to receive grants to host Big Read celebrations.

The Big Read is an NEA initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture and bring together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

As a part of the Big Read, each grant recipient is hosting a month long program during the year that commemorates one of the classic novels or American poets NEA has selected for the Big Read.

This month, Albany-Dougherty County residents, students, and visitors are reading, exploring and discussing Ernest Gaines' classic American novel A Lesson Before Dying.

Dr. James L. Hill, Director of the Albany-Dougherty Big Read states that "In addition to carrying out the literacy mandates of the NEA Big Read, this program provides an excellent opportunity for our University to engage in community outreach and to partner with Dougherty County organizations while promoting literacy and reading a great book."

The Albany-Dougherty Big Read will culminate March 1 with the author, Ernest Gaines, joining the Albany/Dougherty County community via teleconference and you are invited.

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