Big Read kicks off Thursday

SAFFORD — The Safford City-Graham County Library is starting the Big Read with a series of events this week.

“The kick off for that event is the 16th, so we’re going to have activities on that day as well,” said Librarian Victoria Silva. “We will have bilingual story time at 10 a.m., and we will have a community art night at 5 p.m. that evening.”

Other activities during the fall of 2021 will include book discussions, movie screenings, a cooking class, and an art competition.

This year’s book is “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros.  It was the popular choice of library patrons and local high school English teachers, and it explores the life of a 12-year-old girl growing up in Chicago in the 1980s. The book will find its way into the hands of nearly 1,800 students from seventh grade through high school, whose English and Spanish teachers have registered to participate.

Free copies of the book will be available countywide.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, attempting to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.