NEA Big Read: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

April 2 - 30, 2023

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Orange County Library System is one of 62 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between 2022-2023. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. This year, the Orange County Library System, in partnership with Valencia College, celebrates Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by poet/author Ross Gay. Events will take place between April 2 - 30, 2023. For an opportunity for a free copy of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, register to attend the keynote/kickoff event with author Ross Gay on April 2 or a book discussion at select locations during April.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

NEA Big Read 2023


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StoryWalk signs along a path outside

Take a StoryWalk®

StoryWalk® is a way to enjoy the benefits of reading and the outdoors at the same time! Exercise your body and mind as you have fun reading the story and enjoying nature along the way.

Our books for this installation, Breathe And Be by Kate Coombs and Hello, Earth! By Joyce Sidman, will coordinate with the NEA Big Read event series.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Library Pop-up: Lake Nona StoryWalk®: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Randal Park at 8730 Randal Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32832