Ocean County Library’s NEA Big Read programs are going virtual for 2020! Register for OCL’s Beanstack Challenge, which will allow the community to connect to Ron Rash’s Burning Bright story digitally. Participants will complete activities and attend programs to learn about Appalachia and engage with various elements of Rash’s stories. Activities include reading and logging; writing a reviews; Appalachia trivia and music; virtual escape rooms; and much more. Click here to register.
What, exactly, will students be exploring about Burning Bright?
See what the library has in store for this year's program.
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Students in Ms. Plewik’s class at High School North proudly show off their copies of Burning Bright during a virtual lesson about the book as part of NEA Big Read.
High School North Assistant Principal and Arts Academy Principal Chris Madigan is caught in the act of enjoying the district's 2019 NEA Big Read selection, Burning Bright.
A High School North student reflects at the Protectors of Freedom monument during a March 26 site visit.
Vietnam veteran Jeff Shapiro poses with an Intermediate South student during his guest appearance at the school to discuss his experiences during the war.
“Cross Curricular Big Read Instruction at the Intermediate Level” was an intimate workshop held Feb. 18 as part of the district's 2019 Professional Development Day. Intermediate educators who are teaching The Things They Carried for NEA Big Read discussed student-centered topics of discussion and how to best incorporate cross-curricular instruction. A gallery of Vietnam-era photos—like the one here—include questions for both introspection and classroom discussion.
Ocean County Library is ready for NEA Big Read! In fact, the program is barely underway, and half of the stock of The Things They Carried is already checked out. (2/15/19)
Outside the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum
The traveling trunk of Vietnam War memorabilia was picked up from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum in Holmdel on Feb. 15. It will travel throughout all secondary schools during February and March.
Kickoff event crew
Multiple kickoff event book discussions included parents, school and district administrators, and military personnel.
This High School South student is ready for NEA Big Read!
2018-2019 selected novel
2018-2019 official poster
Station Eleven-inspired, Traveling Symphony-themed Halloween parade float (NEA Big Read: Toms River 2017)
A panel discussion at Ocean County College featuring Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel (NEA Big Read: Toms River 2017)
TRSTV interviewed the Station Eleven author.
Working on the mural (NEA Big Read: Toms River 2017)