SUNY?Fredonia Library Chosen For Big Read Grant

FREDONIA – The State University at Fredonia’s Daniel A. Reed Library has been selected to receive a Big Read grant for the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Big Read “Wild” Winter project.

A nationwide program to promote literacy in the community, the Big Read is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts through Arts Midwest. The grant allows the Reed Library to purchase books for distribution to public libraries and reading groups in both counties. This year’s Big Read novel is Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild.”

The $15,000 grant helps sponsor programs designed for community involvement such as lectures, book distribution and a number of activities, all which are free and open to the public. Details of the events can be found at fredonia.edu/bigread. Among the library’s highlights are:

“Lead the Pack to the Big Read,” a kickoff event at the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come in appropriate dress for an Alaskan mining camp of that era.

James L. Haley, author of “Wolf,” a new London biography, will appear Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia. Haley’s talk is titled, “Rediscovering Jack London.”

An original play written specifically for SUNY Fredonia’s Big Read initiative by Ted Sharon, Fredonia professor of theatre and dance, will be performed Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, 116 E. Third St., Jamestown. The special matinee performance will be open to middle and high school students from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties as well as the general public.

A writing competition with prizes will be held as well. Fredonia faculty, staff and students from across the campus have committed their time and talent to delivering quality programming to a variety of venues.

“Reed Library brought the Big Read to Chautauqua-Cattaraugus six years ago. The campus and community organizations have been very supportive of the effort since the beginning,” says Randolph Gadikian, Reed Library director. “Our Office of Sponsored Programs has been particularly helpful in refining grant applications and managing the grant funds.”