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NEA Big Read at OCL

The district's primary partner for NEA Big Read is the Toms River branch of Ocean County Library. Throughout NEA Big Read: Toms River, OCL will host programs, artists, and events connected to the novel Burning Bright.

The award-winning library also boasts a wealth of resources for educators, students, parents, and anyone seeking to engage in the program. 

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NEA Big Read: Toms River 2018-2019 Archive

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 Jan. 23 through March 28, 2019, and our book of choice is the powerful Vietnam War-era novel by Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.


NEA Big Read: Toms River 2017-2018 Archive


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.