New Rochelle Library Receives Reading Grant [VIDEO]

The grant will allow the library to host a Big Read project in the fall.

A grant of $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts will enable the to host a Big Read project in the city.

The library was one of 78 nonprofit organizations chosen to receive the grant in 2012-13, said Community Relations Coordinator Barbara Davis.

She said, beginning Sept. 16, the Big Read will focus on Sun, Stone and Shadows: Twenty Great Mexican Short Stories. The project will be launched with Fiesta Grande for Mexican Independence Day. The Big Read will continue through Nov. 3, when New Rochelle High School will host a Day of the Dead exhibit.

Davis said this will be the fifth "One City, One Book" project conducted by the library since 2007.

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Greg Varian, president of the Board of Trustees, said he was pleased the library received the prestigious grant.

"The Big Read of Sun, Stone and Shadows will provide an excellent opportunity for the entire New Rochelle community to read and discuss the outstanding stories, while also exploring the fascinating history and culture of Mexico," he said. "We look forward to working with the schools, college and other partners in engaging New Rochelle residents in a host of related Big Read programs."

Davis made the announcement about receiving the grant at the end of a International Music & Dance performance by the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company July 17.

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