Reading Public Library has received a $6,500 grant to host The Big Read . A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Reading Public Library is one of only 77 organizations nationwide to be awarded the grant this year. The grant provides communities the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections for US and world literature. Big Read grants help communities promote and carry out reading programs featuring activities that may include book discussions, author visits, movie screenings, creative writing workshops, and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive free, high-quality educational materials to supplement each title, including reader, teacher, and audio guides. As a community, Reading will read and discuss “The Namesake,” by Jhumpa Lahiri. A townwide celebration to kick off The Big Read is planned for March 28, with activities and discussions to take place through the beginning of May. To reserve copies of The Namesake for book groups or invite a librarian to facilitate a Big Read discussion, contact the library at 781-944-0840or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on The Big Read, visit www.neabigread.org.