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JMRL Wins Grant to Participate in “The Big Read”

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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is celebrating after winning a generous grant to sponsor community reading programs.

The library won $5,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to take part in a program called the Big Read. Libraries that participate in the event select a book and sponsor events to bring people together to read it.

This year, the book will be the novel "True Grit," by Charles Portis.

"It feels wonderful. For the past seven years, we've been able to reconnect people in central Virginia with reading for pleasure. And we're happy to do it again with a brand new book," said Sarah Hamfeldt, the Big Read committee chair.

Events will begin next March, but the planning for the programs will begin later this summer. They invite the community to attend the events and discuss the literature together.

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