What is The Big Read?

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.


A great book combines enrichment with enchantment. It awakens our imagination and enlarges our humanity. It can offer harrowing insights that somehow console and comfort us. 

This year, our Big Read title selection is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. We have also selected two companion titles for younger audiences: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau and Blackout by John Rocco. These titles will be available for checkout at the Main Library and North Branch, with free copies distributed at our Kickoff Event on Sept. 9 and at other events while supplies last. Check Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. on the Library's website for e-book and audio-book formats as well. We are also providing copies to the Jackson-Madison County School System.

The Jackson-Madison County Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant in 2017. This two-month program throughout September and October will provide the community the opportunity to connect to one another in a variety of creative ways through book discussions, special events, and informative programs for all ages. Check out our events section for a listing of all of these events. Participation is free and open to anyone.

The Library

The Jackson-Madison County Library is pleased to present The Big Read. We hope you take advantage of all the programs and events we are hosting throughout September and October. 

Here at the library, we provide a number of services other than supplying books. These services include:

  • Computers and free wifi

  • Printing (including 3-D printing)

  • MiFi Hotspots

  • MakerSpace

  • Meeting Room rentals

  • Scan and Fax services

 We also appreciate when we get requests for new materials. If you don't see it, we will do our best to find it for you. ​We also host many activities ranging from adult coloring to knitting to teen craft nights and story time for preschoolers. To see a full list of events, visit us on our official website here.