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Library’s ninth annual The Big Read

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library invites all readers to participate in an exciting program that will be held during March 2015. JMRL is partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts in The Big Read.

The Big Read concept is simple: to have as many people as possible in our community reading the same book at the same time. This year’s book is “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

What’s in a name? For Gogol Ganguli, American-born of Bengali parentage bearing a Russian writer’s surname, this question is neither easily answered nor easily dismissed. Lahiri’s understated exploration of identity and cultural assimilation in “The Namesake” illuminates for us all the question “Who am I?” while bringing alive the colors, flavors, and textures of immigrant Indian life in America.

JMRL will be hosting many free community events and discussions about the book, as well as other Indian-themed events, at all library branches. The schedule of events for the Big Read can be found at

The Louisa County Library will be hosting several Big Read events including a free Genealogy 101 class on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and a “Taste of India” family event on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m.

The National Endowment for the Arts launched The Big Read after a survey in 2004 showed a decline in the reading of literature. Less than half of American adults read literature, according to the report. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read is supported by the Art and Jane Hess Fund of the Library Endowment.