Safford Library’s Big Read debuts at SalsaFest

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SAFFORD — The Safford City-Graham County Library will launch its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program exploring “The Bear” by Andrew Krivak with a SalsaFest Booth on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24.

The NEA Big Read in Graham County is presented in partnership with Friends of the Safford Library, the Gila Valley Arts Council, The Graham County School Superintendent’s Office, the Graham County Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Arizona College, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Those attending SalsaFest in Downtown Safford can stop by the library’s booth to pick up a free copy of “The Bear,” as well as a schedule of programs and events.

“’The Bear’ is set in the future — we don’t know how far — but things have changed, society as we know it has fallen away, and we’re down to the last two humans on Earth,” said Library Supervisor Lesley Talley.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens understanding of the world, communities, and individuals through the power of a shared reading experience.

Graham County is one of 62 communities nationwide participating in the 2022-23 NEA Big Read. From Sept. 23 to Jan. 6, 2023, the community will celebrate “The Bear” with a full calendar of events including a presentation on Arizona legends, myths and folklore; a community book discussion; and two photography exhibits.

For more information on this event and to view a full calendar of events for the NEA Big Read in Graham County, go to, or visit the library at 808 S. 7th Ave in Safford.