NEA Big Read News

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    Big Finish for Big Read at Halloween Parade
    The celebration of Toms River's month-long NEA Big Read grant-funded community initiative comes to a conclusion at the annual Toms River Halloween parade Oct. 31. Staff and students are completing the Station Eleven float- and (per parade rules) will march separately with the walkers and bands.
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    Garden State Philharmonic Offering Big Read Discount for Oct. 28 Show
    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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    High School South Students Participate in Big Read Activities
    Students in Mrs. Hull's English class at High School South participated in various activities that centered around Station Eleven, Toms River's NEA Big Read book.
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    Jersey's Own Mike Cavallaro to Host Graphic Novel Program
    A must-see program especially for graphic novelists and comic book enthusiasts, "The Making of a Graphic Novel" will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Ocean County Library. The event is free and part of NEA Big Read programming.
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    Big Read Panel Discussion Oct. 26
    The keynote event for Toms River’s first NEA Big Read will take place this Thursday Oct. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. “Station Eleven & Sandy: How Life-Changing Events Impact Our Art” will include a panel discussion from four OCC professors, as well as an appearance and speaking engagement from Emily St. John Mandel, the author of the best-selling novel Station Eleven.
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    Big Read Mural Unveiled
    Saturday Oct. 21, in conjunction with Harvest Fest, Toms River Regional Schools proudly unveiled its student mural in honor of the novel Station Eleven and Toms River's NEA Big Read.
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    Trivia Night Oct. 20
    Station Eleven Trivia Night is TONIGHT on the outdoor patio of Bahama Breeze, from 7-8:30. Please join us for this fun, family-friendly, and festive evening.
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    Doomsday Program at Ocean County Library Oct. 18
    Denny Daniel is the curator and founder of The Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling interactive demonstration and exhibition of antique technologies and inventions that he's bringing to Ocean County Library Oct. 18 as part of Toms River's NEA Big Read.
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    High School North celebrates 'Station Eleven Day'
    The Mariner Media Center hosted a day dedicated to the novel as part of NEA Big Read Week NorthTR
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    #TweetToMeet Author of Station Eleven
    Want to meet the author of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel? Tell us why!
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    Invite for Oct. 19 Book Discussion
    Toms River Regional Schools happily invites parents, guardians, families, and community members to participate in a Station Eleven book discussion at High School North Oct. 19. Please click below for more details.
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    OCHD Assists with Big Read
    As a core partner for Toms River's first NEA Big Read, Ocean County Health Department is visiting our high schools throughout October.
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    Big Read at Makerfest
    Jersey Shore Makerfest 3.0 is set for this Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at High School North. NEA Big Read is integrating with this fantastic event, and will have a section dedicated to Station Eleven, our Halloween Parade float, instrument collection, art, and more. For more information, click below. Stop by!
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    On Tap for NEA Big Read: Writing With Scissors
    As part of NEA Big Read, professor and author Ellen Garvey will discuss her research on scrapbooking from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, and will examine the parallels between American History and themes in Station Eleven.
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    Superstorm Sandy Documentary Screening On Tap Monday Night In Toms River
    "Heartbreak and Healing After Sandy," by Toms River filmmaker Sandra Levine, is being screened as part of Toms River's NEA Big Read program.
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    Up Next: Sandy Documentary
    The next Big Read event is Monday, Oct. 9 at Ocean County Library, a free screening of "Heartbreak & Healing After Sandy," a documentary from Toms River's own Sandra Levine, who will preface the film with a few words about the process and what motivated her to make it. Big Read timeline passport stamps will be issued for attendance, and the film will no doubt provide inspiration for Big Read reflections, writing, and creating. RSVP today!
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    Toms River Schools' Big Read Launches Monday Night
    TOMS RIVER, NJ — As the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy's devastating impact on Toms River and the Jersey Shore approaches, the Toms River Regional School District is launching a monthlong reading program to connect with the community and give people a chance to reflect on those events.
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    Big Read Kickoff Event TONIGHT!
    Join us tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. at Ocean County Library for Toms River's NEA Big Read Kickoff Event. Door prizes, engaging discussions, student performances, and more will help set the tone for a month of Station Eleven and Superstorm Sandy reflection. You can RSVP for the event below. See you there!
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    Toms River Rocks Book-Hiding Underway
    In fact, there are already two lucky winners who found a wrapped copy of Station Eleven out in the community that includes a golden ticket to meet author Emily St. John Mandel Oct. 26. Are you out looking? Follow the Toms River Rocks Facebook page (below) for more info. Happy hunting!
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    RSVP Today for Kickoff, Big Read Programs
    All Toms River NEA Big Readers can now RSVP to the Oct. 2 Kickoff Event and all library events on the OCL calendar. You can even set up reminders and view more info. Click below to sign up and secure your spot for these fantastic Big Read events!
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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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    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/School Projects Inspired by Station Eleven

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TV21 Interviews Emily St. John Mandel
Toms River Regional Schools' own TV21 spoke to Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel prior to her appearance at NEA Big Read's Keynote Event Oct. 26. Click below to watch the interview the best-selling novelist.

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Station Eleven Halloween Parade Float ... on the eve of its debut

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Station Eleven jack-o-lantern

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October 14, 2017

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Live read
During Toms River's NEA Big Read Kickoff event, several students offered dramatic and fantastic live readings of Station Eleven. Here, Toms River High School North (and theater) student Yna Tresvalles reads from the novel ... without even looking, because she knows her stuff :)

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Mural beginnings
Oct. 6, led by Intermediate North teacher Jill Hawthorne, students traveled to downtown Toms River’s BID headquarters to begin work on a mural inspired by the novel Station Eleven for #neabigread. The creative talents of both intermediate and high school academy art students will be on display when the mural is revealed during the towns’s Harvest Festival Oct. 21.

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Stronger Than the Storm
This logo and t-shirt design is courtesy of High School North and represents the theme and title of their upcoming fall play. The students performed the intro to their play at the Oct. 2 Big Read Kickoff event, and subtitled their performance "Survival is Insufficient" to connect it to Station Eleven. Click below for more info on the Oct. 28 full performance of "Stronger Than the Storm."

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Citta School
Citta School's Station Eleven door is a literal entry way to NEA Big Read.

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Sept. 20, 2017

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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

The immensely popular rock sharing and finding project has integrated with Big Read to artistically and strategically hide copies of Station Eleven throughout Toms River for folks to find and enjoy.


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New Jersey State Legislature

The Office of Congressman Tom MacArthur, in honor of NEA Big Read, has awarded Toms River Regional Schools a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Community Service.


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High School North Theater

The popular HSN theater troupe performed at the Big Read Kickoff, and their fall play, "Stronger Than the Storm," is about Superstorm Sandy five years later. It premieres Oct. 28.


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Allied Building Products

Allied Building Products right here in Toms River is donating materials and expertise for our Station Eleven-inspired Halloween Parade float.


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