Big Read Wichita is an annual program funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that is designed to broaden our understanding of the world, communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book
The Wichita Public Library is one of 84 organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support the community reading program.
Each year, the program focuses events around one book and its themes. The program brings together schools, libraries, cultural organizations, businesses, and book clubs in the community that host or participate in Big Read events in Wichita.
Big Read Wichita 2022 Virtual Kick Off
The Wichita Public Library and its community partners will kick off the 2022 NEA Big Read: Wichita at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 12 through a Facebook Live kickoff party accessible through The Big Read Wichita and Wichita Public Library pages
This year’s Big Read Wichita selection is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. The story of Esperanza’s childhood is told through a series of heartbreaking and joyous vignettes and discusses childhood and self-discovery.
Get a FREE copy of the Big Read book
Be sure to tune in to the live virtual kickoff celebration on February 12 to find out how you can get a FREE copy of this year’s Big Read book selection from 5-6:30 p.m. later that evening.
You can borrow a copy of the book at the Wichita Public Library or online at Wichita e-Reads.
Big Read Wichita Events
The community is encouraged to read the book and attend any of the dozens of Big Read Wichita events happening throughout the community.
During the Big Read, the Library and area partners will host programming related to the themes, plot, setting and characters of the book. Featured events include a keynote featuring Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina, 2:30 p.m. March 13 at the Advanced Learning Library; a virtual film festival by mama.film featuring films about Mexican-American culture the weekend of March 5; and a keynote with author Sarah Smarsh 6 p.m. May 5 at the Advanced Learning Library.
The NEA Big Read: Wichita begins February 12, 2022. To find a full schedule of events, including children’s story times, adult book discussions, and related events in Wichita’s nearby communities, visit the Big Read Wichita website.Free or cheap things to do this week in Wichita