NEA Big Read Clayton

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Grant Announcement

The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant. A grant of $12,398 will support a community reading program focusing on The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros from September 2021-May 2022. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Books & Programs

The Clayton Library chose The House on Mango Street and companion titles How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay and Hairs/Pelitos to celebrate the diversity of our population in Clayton and to start a town-wide conversation about what it means to be a neighbor, how we can live with neighbors who are from different backgrounds from us, and so that we can make a concentrated effort to celebrate everyone who calls Clayton home.

Spring Events

This spring, we have lots more events for you to enjoy in conjunction with the NEA Big Read Clayton. Join us for writing workshops, art classes, a first-time homebuying seminar, and a final event showcasing original artwork inspired by The House on Mango Street and/or any companion titles associated with this event.

Our capstone event will be a juried art show, called Imagining Mango Street, presented by Clayton Visual Arts at the Clayton Center! We invite all artists over the age of 5 to enter their original artwork into this show, which opens on May 5, 2022. 

The call for submissions for Imagining Mango Street is open from January 25 through April 1, 2022. Enter your artwork for consideration TODAY by using this online submission form!