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Time to Apply for the Big Read

The following is a press release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) concerning the 2008 The Big Read program. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 12, 2008.

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces the fourth deadline for the Big Read program. The purpose of the Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 – $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading through the Big Read program. This will be the only application deadline in 2008.Big Read grants require the participation of a library as a lead applicant or a partner. IMLS strongly encourages museums of all types to apply as lead applicants or as partner organizations in the Big Read.

Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will receive a grant, financial support to attend a national orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials for broad distribution, an organizer’s guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, guidance on working with local media, inclusion of the organization and its activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative.

The Request for Proposals can be downloaded at The proposal deadline is February 12, 2008. Questions should be directed to Arts Midwest at 612/341-0755 or

The entire version of this press release can be read on the IMLS Website at

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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