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NEA Big Read: Cape Fear

As part of the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Randall Library are hosting a collaborative, year-long effort to promote literacy in Wilmington and the broader Cape Fear region. Programming for the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear spans three counties and includes community book reads, discussions, family-friendly events, book clubs, teacher trainings, performances, story times, and art festivals that focus their efforts on Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and other companion titles.  

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear is sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County and the Brunswick Arts Council. 

For more information contact Katie Crosby, crosbyk@uncw.edu
Click here for the the press release.


Como parte del programa NEA Big Read: Cape Fear y la Oficina de Arte & la Biblioteca Randall de UNCW están organizando una colaboración de un año con el objetivo de promover la alfabetización en nuestra comunidad y la región de Cape Fear. La programación de NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, será parte de tres condados e incluye lectura de libros, debates, eventos familiares, clubs de lecturas, capacitaciones para maestros, presentaciones, cuentos y festivales artísticos centrados en el libro La Casa en Mango Street de Sandra Cisneros y otros títulos complementarios.

NEA Big Read es un programa del Fondo Nacional de las Artes en asociación con Artes del Medio Oeste. El NEA Big Read: Cape Fear está patrocinado por el Consejo de las Artes de Wilmington & New Hanover y el Consejo de las Artes de Brunswick.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Katie Crosby, crosbyk@uncw.edu
Haga clic aquí para ver el comunicado de prensa.


List of Events

Wilmington Latin Dance Party
[This event has been canceled]
Salsa lessons and demonstrations by Wilmington Latin Dance with book giveaways. Located at UNCW Commons Amphitheater. This event is FREE and will launch the NEA Big Read. Hosted by UNCW Office of the Arts.  
CAM Art Explorers
Thursday, September 9th from 10 -11:00 a.m.
Cameron Art Museum will host an Art Explorers program featuring readings, book giveaways, and activities for the companion title, Hairs.  
Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off
Wednesday, September 15th from 12 - 1 p.m.
Dance challenge showcase via Zoom. 
At the Ready, film screening
Monday, September 27th from 6 -8 p.m.
UNCW Office of the Arts and UNCW Centro Hispano will host a film screening & discussion of documentary, At the Ready in UNCW’s Lumina Theater. This is a FREE event.
Cuentos Bilingüe - Bilingual Storytime at Pine Valley Library

Tuesday, October 12th from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

¡Canciones, libros, y una artesania! Join Miss Jaimie and guest presenter Yolanda House for stories and music in Spanish and English! Storytime will be held outside behind Pine Valley Library. Bring a blanket or chair. After Storytime, make a craft! For 3-6-year-olds. Registration required.

Kids @ CAM - Table of Remembrance with Fritzi Huber
Saturday, October 23rd from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Artist Fritzi Huber will lead art activities inspired by our current exhibition Pinkie’s Memories, and the Day of the Dead/Dia De Los Muertos. Children and families will create tissue paper marigolds, dead bread (remembrance sculptures made of pre-made pay dough), and draw portraits of a person or pet you miss on blank paper picture frames. As a part of the NEA Big Read, there will be readings of Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros throughout the event. Every child will get their OWN copy of Hairs/Pelitos to keep!
Book Cover Design Challenge
Tuesday, November 2nd at 4 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Hampstead Branch Library will host a Book Cover Design Challenge: Design a book cover for The House on Mango Street. 
Sandra Cisneros, author of the House on Mango Street
Thursday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m.
UNCW Office of the Arts and Department of Creative Writing will host a hybrid author visit and panel discussion with author, Sandra Cisneros in Kenan Auditorium. This event will take place as part of Writers’ Week and will be FREE to the public. Participants must reserve tickets through our box office. 910-962-3500. 
The House on Mango Street - Book Club Discussion
Friday, November 5th from 4 - 5 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Main Library in Burgaw and Hampstead Branch Library will host a book club discussion of The House on Mango Street with a virtual visit from the author, Sandra Cisneros. This event will also be available virtually. 
Cape Fear Museum Live Story Time
Saturday, November 6th at 10 a.m. 
Cape Fear Museum will host a live story time for learners aged 4-8 years old. Hands-on activities will follow each story time. 
Comics Day 
Monday, November 8th at 4 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Main Library in Burgaw will host Comics Day: Write and draw comics responding to a chapter from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. 
Blackout Poetry 
Tuesday, November 16th at 4 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Hampstead Branch Library will host Blackout Poetry: create poetry by blacking out words on pages torn from discarded books and magazines in Spanish & English. 
Cape Fear Museum Live Story Time
Saturday, December 4th at 10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum will host a live story time for learners aged 4-8 years old. Hands-on activities will follow each story time. 
Cape Fear Museum Live Story Time
Saturday, January 8th at 10 a.m. 
Cape Fear Museum will host a live story time for learners aged 4-8 years old. Hands-on activities will follow each story time. 
Cape Fear Museum Live Story Time
Saturday, February 5th at 10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum will host a live story time for learners aged 4-8 years old. Hands-on activities will follow each story time. 
Cape Fear Museum Live Story Time
Saturday, March 5th at 10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum will host a live story time for learners aged 4-8 years old. Hands-on activities will follow each story time. 
Cape Fear Museum Live Story Time
Saturday, April 2nd at 10 a.m.
Cape Fear Museum will host a live story time for learners aged 4-8 years old. Hands-on activities will follow each story time.
Poetry Slam
Saturday, April 2nd at 12 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Main Library in Burgaw will host a Poetry Slam: People of all ages are invited to perform their poetry in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. 
The Poet X - Book Club Discussion
Thursday, April 7th at 4 p.m. 
Pender County Library’s Hampstead Branch Library will host a book club discussion of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. 
UNCW Presents: Las Cafeteras
Saturday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m. 
UNCW Office of the Arts will host Las Cafeteras at Kenan Auditorium as a part of the UNCW Presents series. For tickets, please contact our box office or go online to our website. 
Blackout Poetry
Monday, April 11th at 4 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Main Library in Burgaw will host Blackout Poetry: Create poetry by blacking out words on pages torn from discarded books and magazines in Spanish & English. 
The Poet X - Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, April 19th at 6 p.m.
Pender County Library’s Main Library in Burgaw will host a book club discussion of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. 


NEA Big Read Companion Titles

The House on Mango Street The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers. Reading level: grades 9-12.

Randall Library's 2021 Big Read Guide - The House on Mango Street
Dreamers Dreamers by Yuyi Morales: What if you dreamed of a new life, and it came to you? What if that new life led you to a new country, where no one spoke your language, where you felt alone and ignored? What if you had to make that new place your home? What if you found that home in a world of books? And what if it all were true? Reading level: grades K-3.
Hair/Pelotos Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros: A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with the sweet smell of bread before it's baked. Reading level: grades K-3.
Nino Wrestles the World Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales is in English with Spanish vocabulary, and is a fun, colorful story about a boy wrestling with imaginary monsters (including an Olmec Head and La Llorona) and adversaries like his younger sisters. This is a joyful picture book about imagination, play, and siblings. Reading level: grades preschool-3.
The Poet X The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers-especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. Reading level: grades 8-12.
George George by Alex Gino: When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. Reading level: grades 6-8.
Coffee Will Make You Black Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair: In this hilarious and insightful coming-of-age novel, author April Sinclair introduces the charming Jean “Stevie” Stevenson, a young woman raised on Chicago’s South Side during an era of irrevocable social upheaval. Curious and witty, bold but naïve, Stevie grows up debating the qualities of good hair and dark skin. As the years pass, her family and neighborhood are changed by the times, from the War on Poverty to race riots and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., from “Black Is Beautiful” to Black Power. Against this remarkable backdrop, Stevie makes the sometimes harrowing, often comic, always enthralling transformation into a young adult—socially aware, discovering her sexuality, and proud of her identity. Reading level: young adult.

 


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. UNCW is one of 70+ nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project.  

The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear was made possible by our community sponsors which include the Brunswick Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.