Library offers cultural programs through Big Read grant

September 14, 2015


Supported by a Big Read grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Indian Trails Library in Wheeling has launched several programs based on the themes in its community read book, Into the Beautiful North, the story of 19-year-old Nayeli who leaves her home in a small village in Mexico to go north and recruit seven men to return with her to save her village from drug dealers.


Several book discussions in English and Spanish are planned, as well as a cooking demonstration, films, panel discussions, photography exhibit and interactive map exhibit. All events are free, but registration is requested.


“I believe our Big Read programs will allow for conversations about culture and diversity within our community,” said Christina Stoll, adult services manager at the library.


Author Luis Alberto Urrea will present a program at the library and Harper CollegeThe capstone event will be a visit by Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, Tuesday, October 6. Urrea, a Tijuana-born, Mexican-American, will share how he he has used his dual-culture life to explore love, loss and triumph in his books.


Urrea will be at Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck, Wheeling, at 2 pm, and Harper College Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine, at 7 pm. Both events are free. Registration is requested for the library event at or 847-459-4100, ext. 2. Free tickets are available for the Harper College event by calling 847-925-6100.


Additional programs and information about the Big Read can be found in Spanish at or in English at Call 847-451-4100 for more information.


The Indian Trails Public Library District serves 67,000 residents in Wheeling, Buffalo Grove and Prospect Heights. Support for the Big Read has been received from School District 214, Wheeling and Buffalo Grove Rotary Clubs, Harper College, Foundation for the Indian Trails Library and Friends of the Library.


The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the importance of literature in culture while encouraging community building and reading for pleasure.


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