NEA Big Read News

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    Get your Big Read passport stamped!
    Allow our Big Read timeline to be your passport as you travel from station to station this October. Print out the timeline and bring it to all events to have it stamped. Who among us will be the ultimate Big Read participants? Time will tell ...
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    Big Read Timeline of October Events Released
    Check out the timeline for Toms River's first NEA Big Read! It's chock full of unique opportunities to discuss and celebrate Station Eleven, reflect on Sandy, learn and create, and interact with family, friends, and neighbors. Don't forget to join the program and sign up for text alerts (see side links)!
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    Ocean County Library Releases October Big Read Programs
    Ocean County Library has released its October programming schedule for Toms River's first NEA Big Read. Events will be part of the larger month-long timeline (coming soon!). Mark your calendars now-- this is going to be great!
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    District’s NEA Big Read Partners with Garden State Philharmonic
    Garden State Philharmonic is offering a 20% discount to the performance with the code NEABIGREAD for its October 28 performance that will reflect on Sandy and honor the Jersey Shore.
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    Station Eleven Front and Center at OCL
    At Ocean County Library, plenty of copies of Station Eleven are ready to be checked out. So what are you waiting for, Toms River? Get ready for NEA Big Read this October by reading the fascinating novel this summer ... you're going to love it.
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    Emily St. John Mandel Set to Join TR's First NEA Big Read
    Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel will be joining Toms River for its first NEA Big Read. She'll be taking part in a panel discussion Oct. 26 at OCC's Grunin Center for the Arts. More info to come, but in the meantime, mark your calendars. Learn more about this bestselling novelist by clicking below.
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    Toms River Patch Covers District's NEA Big Read Announcement
    TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Toms River Regional School District has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program for a community-wide reading program that that will tie into the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
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    Toms River Regional School District Receives Grant to Host NEA Big Read
    NEA Big Read is coming to Toms River. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Big Read is designed to “broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.” Toms River Regional Schools is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a project between September 2017 and June 2018. 
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Student Projects Inspired by Station Eleven

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Sept. 20, 2017

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From Zach Kerfuffle: This was written for a school project, inspired by the book Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel. Toms River Regional Schools, in partnership with Ocean County Library and other community organizations, was awarded a grant to help fund the NEA Big Read, with Station 11 being the book of choice for their literacy campaign. I hope you guys enjoy!

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NEA Big Read Partners

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Ocean County Library

Ocean County Library is lead partner for Toms River's NEA Big Read, and the host of its kickoff event and several of its fantastic thematic programs and book discusssions.


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The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College will host a panel discussion on the novel Oct. 26.


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TR Fire Company No. 1

Toms River Fire Company No. 1 will integrate Station Eleven and NEA Big Read into its famed Halloween Parade Oct. 31.


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Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce is rallying businesses and residents to participate in and support NEA Big Read. After all, #WeAreTR.

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Bahama Breeze Island Grille

The Toms River drink and dining hot spot will create a Station Eleven-inspired cocktail which will be available during happy hours that center around Big Read events. Bahama Breeze will also host an evening dedicated to Big Read featuring trivia, giveaways, and specials.


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Ocean County College

Ocean County College professors will take part in an October 26 Station Eleven panel discussion.


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Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group

Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group will offer perspective and first-hand accounts from Superstorm Sandy, five years later.


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Sandra Levine Productions

Toms River resident Sandra Levine produced the documentary "Heartbreak & Healing After Sandy," which aired on PBS stations in Philly and NJ. The filmmaker will air a free screening of her doc as part of NEA Big Read.


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Ocean County Health Department

OCHD representatives will go to our schools in order to teach about emergency preparedness and more; fall health programs will integrate with NEA Big Read.


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Garden State Philharmonic

The Jersey Shore's premier professional orchestra will also serve as this program's literal "Traveling Symphony," performing Oct. 28 as a tribute to the Jersey Shore on the exact five-year anniversary of Sandy.


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Downtown Toms River

The Business Improvement District of Downtown Toms River will help spread the word about NEA Big Read among local businesses, and will lend a wall for students to create a Big Read- and Sandy-inspired mural.


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Toms River Rocks

If your organization is interested is being a part of Toms River's NEA Big Read, contact Mike Kenny at 732-505-5539.


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