The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Irving Public Library a $17,000 grant from the Big Read program. It’s the seventh consecutive year that Big Read gave a grant to the library. About 80 organizations nationwide also receive the award.

The grant will be used to purchase books and host events in celebration of the Big Read this fall, where communities will read and discuss a single book. In October, the library and partners will be celebrating Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was selected from a pool of 36 titles which are sponsored by the Big Read program.

The library and Irving ISD also selected The Washingtons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss to serve as companion titles for children. Copies of the books will be given away as part of the program at libraries and partner locations.

Community partners and sponsors, such as Irving Independent School District, National Scouting Museum, Irving Heritage Society, Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Irving Black Arts Council, contribute to the program’s success.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jan Bodnar at 972-721-3502.

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