Santa Fe Public Library

NEA Big Read

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The Santa Fe Public Library is a recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in the Santa Fe area. An Arts Endowment initiative 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. SFPL is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between September 2020 and June 2021. The NEA Big Read in Santa Fe County will focus on Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. We plan to hold this Big Read and its surrounding events/activities March through June 2021. Community partners throughout Santa Fe will collaborate on the project.

“We are honored to receive this exciting grant and be able to engage our community in a collective sharing of Urrea’s important novel in these difficult and uncertain times,” said Maria Sanchez-Tucker, Santa Fe Public Library Division Director, “I look forward to sharing a meaningful dialogue with our Santa Fe community and escape together into this great work and share in the joy of reading”.

“We have become even more aware this year of the important ways the arts help us connect with others, and how they bring meaning, joy, and comfort to our lives,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “These 84 organizations leading NEA Big Reads will provide opportunities for deep discussion and ways to help us better understand one another.”


The NEA Big Read offers a range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,600 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $22 million to organizations nationwide. Over the past thirteen years, grantees have leveraged more than $50 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, approximately 91,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and 39,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible. For more information about the NEA Big Read, including book and author information, podcasts, and videos, visit

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 35 years. For more information, please visit

Join Santa Fe Public Library and your community as we read Dreamers by Yuyi Morales and The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz. Log reading, complete activities, and share your thoughts on this year’s NEA Big Read title and youth companion books.

NEA Big Read Challenge (ages 13 – Adult)

Mar 20, 2021 – May 30, 2021
Join Santa Fe Public Library and your community as we read Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Log reading, complete activities, and share your thoughts on this year’s NEA Big Read title and youth companion books.

Book Request & Book Club Sign Up

The Santa Fe Public Library is excited for your book club to participate in The Big Read! Please fill out this form to let us know that your Book Club is going to join in The Big Read!

If you would like to request copies to check out for Book Club use of Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, please either:

1) have your book club members individually put the title on hold for themselves, or
put multiple copies on hold for yourself (you are responsible for copies checked out on your account)

If you would like to purchase your own copy of Into the Beautiful North, books can be purchased at Collected Works Bookstore with a 20% discount during the BIG READ event.

Please note, a limited number of Book Club sets will be available, book club requests are first come first serve and the lending period will be for 28 days. Thank you for reading with us!

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