The 2013 selection for The Big Read Poughkeepsie is Cynthia Orzick's "The Shawl".The Big Read is a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 NEA report, identified a critical decline in reading for pleasure among American adults. The Big Read addresses this issue by bringing communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate books and writers from American and world literature".
The Big Read NEA
The Shawl - Reader's Guide & Teacher's Guide are available
Spackenkill students placed 1st, 2nd AND 3rd in the Big Read Art Contest! See the Spackenkill Library Facebook page to see the artwork.