Toms River's NEA Big Read 2018-2019

NEA Big Read presented by Toms River Regional Schools: The Things They Carried

For the second consecutive year, out of only 75 institutions nationwide, Toms River Regional Schools has been awarded a grant and selected to host NEA Big Read, a community-wide literacy campaign centered on one novel. The 2018-2019 program will run Feb. 14 through March 28, 2019, and our book of choice is the powerful Vietnam War-era novel by Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.

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    District Awarded NEA Big Read for Second Straight Year
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Big Read 2019 books going out to teachers at HS East today with poem book marks!
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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 keynote discussion on the novel.

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Ocean County College

Ocean County College's English Department is supporting efforts to secure an author appearance for NEA Big Read 2018-2019. 

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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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Ocean County Health Department

OCHD representatives will help integrate lessons on addiction and mental health into larger discussions based on the novel.

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Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will co-host, with TRRS, a mini poetry festival for students centered on war poetry and featuring Warrior Poets.

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Ocean County Tourism

Ocean County Tourism will assist with promotion for NEA Big Read and help align literacy goals with the mission and spirit of local of veterans organizations.

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Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation

The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation’s commissioned Protectors of Freedom monument-- built by Toms River artist and NBA Hall of Fame official sculptor Brian Hanlon-- will serve as a site for student field trips and reflections.

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Toms River's NEA Big Read 2017-2018 Archive

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In 2017, Toms River Regional Schools was among the first two public school districts to ever be awarded a grant to host NEA Big Read, a month-long, community-wide literacy campaign based on one novel. For that initial year, we selected Emily St. John Mandel's award-winning Station Eleven, which we connected to Superstorm Sandy five years after the storm ravaged New Jersey.

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    Big Finish for Big Read at Halloween Parade
     
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    Garden State Philharmonic Offering Big Read Discount for Oct. 28 Show
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    High School South Students Participate in Big Read Activities
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    Jersey's Own Mike Cavallaro to Host Graphic Novel Program
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    Big Read Panel Discussion Oct. 26
     
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    Big Read Mural Unveiled
     
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    Trivia Night Oct. 20
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    Doomsday Program at Ocean County Library Oct. 18
     
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    High School North celebrates 'Station Eleven Day'
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    #TweetToMeet Author of Station Eleven
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    Invite for Oct. 19 Book Discussion
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    OCHD Assists with Big Read
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    Big Read at Makerfest
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    On Tap for NEA Big Read: Writing With Scissors
     
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    Superstorm Sandy Documentary Screening On Tap Monday Night In Toms River
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    Up Next: Sandy Documentary
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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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    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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    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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    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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