Hope College Presents

NEA BIG READ

LAKESHORE

November 2-21, 2020

Big Read Lakeshore 2020 Book

In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick

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Middle Read Lakeshore 2020 Book

In the Heart of the Sea

The Young Reader's Edition

The True Story of the Whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick

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Little Read Lakeshore 2020 Book

Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña

Marsha Diane Arnold
Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
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Reimagining the Big Read as a Virtual Program

The show must go on!

The health and safety of our Lakeshore is our top priority. In light of the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, our Big Read and Little Read Lakeshore 2020 programs will now take place as a mostly online experience.

Efficient

Little to no travel. Attend most events in the comfort of your own home.

Interactive

Real-time virtual interactions with speakers and fellow participants.

Flexible

Some events will be offered multiple times.

Global

Going virtual allows us to include speakers beyond our geographical reach.

What is the NEA Big Read Lakeshore?

Hope College's NEA Big Read Lakeshore program began in 2014. Our goal is to create and foster a culture where reading matters. We bring our Lakeshore community together around a common book and use this shared experience of reading, discussing, and exploring the themes of the book as a springboard to listen to and learn from each other. Our month-long community-wide reading program takes place annually in November. Partial funding for our Big Read program comes from the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest.

What is the Little Read Lakeshore?

Hope College's Little Read Lakeshore creates and fosters a culture where reading matters to children, families and those who support, advocate for and work with children. We bring our Lakeshore community together around a common book and use this shared experience of reading, discussing, and exploring the themes of the book as a springboard to listen to and learn from each other. Our month-long community-wide reading program takes place annually in November. The Little Read Lakeshore is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Different Ways to Get Involved

Read the book

Our book's topics and themes are timely and relevant.

Attend our events

Our events offer a variety of perspectives, experiences, and angles on the book.

Interact with others

Our goal is that you listen and learn from others as well as sharing your own ideas and experiences.

Respond

Our community becomes stronger when you make positive changes in response to your interactions with the book.

Who is the NEA Big Read Lakeshore for?

  • Readers of all ages along the Lakeshore
  • Book clubs
  • P-12 students
  • College/University students
  • Teachers
  • Professors
  • Librarians
  • Library patrons
  • Senior citizens
  • Workplaces
  • Families

Schedule

Our 2020 programs officially start on November 2 and go until November 21.

Stay tuned for specific details!

Find The Book

Our 2020 Big Read and Little Read titles will be available at the Hope College BookstoreReader’s World (Holland), The Bookman (Grand Haven), Barnes and Noble in Holland and Amazon.

Participating libraries will host book giveaways in late October.

You can also check out the titles at participating libraries starting in June. Book club bags are available.