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National Endowment for the Arts at Irving Public Library


Irving, Texas. January 28, 2021

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Irving Public Library has been awarded of a grant of $10,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Irving. Irving Public Library will present readings, talks, and a multitude of other interactive activities focused on A Small Story About the Sky by renowned poet Alberto Ríos, from January 23 – February 27, 2021. 

NEA Big Read – Irving Book Discussions
Join the virtual discussion of “A Small Story About the Sky” between Jan. 23 and Feb. 27 online at the library’s Facebook Book Club or over Zoom with other readers at the following times and dates:

  • 7 p.m. | Jan. 25 | Book Lovers Happy Hour
  • 7 p.m. | Feb. 1 | Girls Night Out Book Club
  • Noon | Feb. 3 | Midweek Mysteries

Email or message @IrvingLibrary on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for Zoom login credentials. To see the full list of book discussions, visit Irving's NEA Big Read.

NEA Big Read – Irving Virtual Family Programs
Irving Library Children’s staff present virtual story times, puppet shows and engaging programs that match the theme of “A Small Story About the Sky” throughout the NEA Big Read.

Virtual family programs for the NEA Big Read – Irving will be available at and Visit Irving's NEA Big Read to see the entire schedule.

NEA Big Read – Irving Contests
During the Big Write: NEA Big Read Poetry Contest 2021, the public can submit original poems for the “Ordinary to Extraordinary” contest in categories for children, teens and adults from Jan. 23 to Feb. 12 in person at an open Irving library location. Winners will be announced at the Alberto Rios keynote address on Feb. 27. Gift card prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Pick up an entry form at the NEA Big Read Kick-Off Fiesta or at one of the three library locations. For a downloadable entry form, visit Irving's NEA Big Read.

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