September 4, 2017

The Jackson-Madison County Library to Kick Off The Big Read

Community Invited to Participate in Two Months of Special Events

JACKSON, Tenn. -  The Jackson-Madison County Library will kick off two months of special events and programs at 11 am on Sat., Sept. 9 at the Main Library as part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest that aims to inspire conversation and discovery through the joy of sharing a good book. 

The Big Read in the Jackson-Madison County area will focus on the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, with weekly activities and events taking place throughout September and October. As part of the program, copies of the novel will be made widely available throughout the community, as well as through the schools for use by teachers. In...

August 29, 2017

In Station Eleven, Chapter 6 begins with the phrase, "An Incomplete List:" and what follows is a beautiful yet haunting description of what no longer exists after the collapse, both the everyday and the extraordinary. The final paragraph in this chapter describes our current relationship with the Internet and social media:

No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.

In 1997, I was w...

August 9, 2017

The Jackson-Madison County Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive a $12,600 NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA Big Read showcases a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery.

The Big Read in the Jackson-Madison County area will focus on the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, with weekly activities and events taking place in September and October 2017.

Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic novel that tells the story of a small band of actors and musicians 20...

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