Families in Anne Arundel County can enjoy special activities, reading events and cultural opportunities this fall as part of the Big Read, which focuses on the book “Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories.”
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a $10,000 Big Read project grant to the Chesapeake Children’s Museum in Annapolis for a series of discussions and community events to celebrate and promote literature. The book was selected as a way to build bridges of cultural understanding within the community.
“We have a growing Latino population in Anne Arundel County so we should all learn more about this culture,” says Deborah Wood from the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. “We can work on that with Big Read events.”
Book discussions, fiestas and other events are planned for September and October, Wood says. The children’s museum teamed up with co-sponsor Anne Arundel County Public Library and other community partners to plan events that celebrate Latino culture and reading.
From Sept. 10 through Oct 20, there will be book discussions, Spanish conversations and family events at Anne Arundel County Public Libraries. Art and Story Time using books in Spanish and English will be held every Friday at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum.
The largest event will be a Mexican Independence Day Fiesta Sept. 16 at the Weems-Whelen Memorial Athletic Fields on Spa Road in Annapolis. The event will feature live performances, arts and craft activities, fireworks, ethnic goods and food. A street festival on Maryland Avenue is in the planning stages, as is a “Fandango” with a ballet performance and jam session for musicians.
The museum will be giving away copies of the book in Spanish and English. Book clubs are encouraged to request copies. Picture books for children will also be given away — printed in English and Spanish.
“Through the NEA Big Read we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” says NEA Chair Jane Chu.
For updated information on events, visit the local Big Read Facebook page.