NEA Awards Grants to Orange County Library, in Partnership with Our Southern Region Libraries

Friday, June 19, 2020

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses

Valencia’s Southern Region has partnered with Orange County Library System (OCLS) for the 2020 NEA Big Read grant. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

This $15,000 grant aims to inspire conversation and discovery in the community through contemporary titles reflecting different voices and perspectives. For 2020, we are focusing on “Pretty Monsters,” a book of horror and fantasy short stories by Kelly Link. Through our partnership, all Valencia students, staff and faculty can attend programming related to the grant at OCLS, regardless of county of residency. We will kick off three weeks of virtual programming on Sunday, August 23, 2020, with a keynote from author Kelly Link.

For more information and a schedule of events, click here, or contact Librarian Sarah Dockray at

In addition, we have been awarded the NEA Big Read grant for 2021. We will focus on geochemist and geobiologist Hope Jahren’s memoir “Lab Girl.” The book focuses on her journey as a woman in STEM struggling with her mental health.

Congratulations to our librarians on their work with our community partners.

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