NEA Big Read

Lancaster Public Library, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Lancaster County, is the recipient of a $14,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in Lancaster, PA.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Lancaster Public Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and the only organization in Pennsylvania, to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community-reading program between September 2017 and June 2018.

Our book selection is “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. The novel tells the story of Nayeli, a nineteen-year-old who works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young.

We have developed a unique plan to celebrate our selection. Book discussions will be held at several organizations throughout the community beginning during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). Through these discussions we will take the themes and topics of “Into the Beautiful North” and relate them to our experiences in Lancaster County, current events as well as other literature, art and films.

Schedule of NEA Big Read Events & Book Discussions

Join us for two screenings of The Magnificent Seven and see what inspired Nayeli’s journey in the NEA Big Read “Into The Beautiful North.”

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

The Magnificent Seven (2016)



NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.