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.






Schedule of NEA Big Read Book Discussions

We have developed a unique plan to celebrate our selection. Book discussions will be held at several organizations throughout the community. 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.

For more information about the NEA Big Read Book Discussions listed below, please contact Lancaster Public Library by phone (717-394-2651 x128) or email (
September The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Saturday, September 16
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Monday, September 18
OctoberJunior League
Monday, October 9
Church World Service
Friday, October 13
San Juan Bautista
Thursday, October 19
NovemberCandy Factory
Monday, November 6
Lancaster Lebanon Literacy Council
Wednesday, November 15
DecemberBright Side
Monday, December 11
JanuaryCommunity Action Partnership
Thursday, January 18
MarchWorkforce Development Board
Thursday, March 8
AprilLancaster Public Library
Thursday, April 12



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.