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Broward County Library Seeks Big Read 2020 Musicians, Artists, Experts

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County Library is selecting musicians, artists, chefs and other volunteers for adult and children’s programs for the upcoming Big Read in January 2020, featuring the book A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Program themes focus upon Louisiana and its music, culture and food along with topics raised by the book, such as social justice, racial inequality, human dignity and personal redemption.

Big Read 2020, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) program, will offer activities and book discussions system-wide, including American Sign Language book discussions and crafts; movie and book discussions with incarcerated youth at Broward’s Department of Juvenile Justice; healthy Cajun cooking workshop with Louisiana soul food recipes; and a performance of Louisiana Blues from the 1940s and 50s, reflecting music from of the novel’s era. 

Artists of all disciplines who are interested in volunteering may contact Michael Bryant, 954-357-7435, Community partners interested in assisting with promoting student voice and activism may contact Kimberly White, 954-357-7470, 

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Broward County Libraries Divisionnamed 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter

 DATE: September 9, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402