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ERIC Number: ED511710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 213
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Book Club for a Nation, Built Chapter by Chapter. The Big Read. Final Report
Sloan, Kay; Honeyford, Michelle; Bass, Kristin
National Endowment for the Arts
This report shares the findings from a nineteen-month study of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Piloted in early 2006 and launched nationwide later that year, The Big Read brings communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate great literature. Libraries, museums, colleges and universities, municipalities, science and literary centers, arts and humanities councils, health and service agencies--all have received Big Read grants and joined forces with schools, businesses, and other local organizations to host community-wide reading events. This report reveals that participants were, overall, very positive about The Big Read book and the idea of a Big Read in their community. Even among people who love to read, The Big Read has had a marked impact, with sizeable percentages of participants reporting increases in reading or literary activity after the program and even because of it. Grantees reported that there was still "work to be done" in engaging more diverse and hard-to-reach audiences, but also described extensive outreach and modest successes. Partnering with organizations that serve particular populations may offer a key strategy for reaching audiences and areas not always accommodated by or drawn to arts and literary institutions. Developing or strengthening existing partnerships with schools, community colleges, and universities is key to youth participation in The Big Read. Appendices include: (1) Instruments; and (2) Responses by Cycle, Site, and Instrument. (Contains 77 tables, 29 figures and 27 footnotes.) [For the accompanying reports, see "A Book Club for a Nation, Built Chapter by Chapter. The Big Read. Final Report. Executive Summary" (ED511703) and "The Big Read: Case Studies" (ED511704).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts