NEA Big Read coming to community

Griffin-Spalding County resident Harry Joy checks out his copy of “Station Eleven” for the Big Read.

The Griffin-Spalding County Library — in partnership with the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) — will launch its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program on March 1.

The NEA Big Read will celebrate the book “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel with events throughout the community.

“The NEA Big Read: Griffin-Spalding Reading Together” is a grant-funded, community-wide reading program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Events include a virtual conversation with the author Emily St. John Mandel, a family-friendly outdoor sustainable gardening program and a virtual pandemic response discussion with an expert in this field. Concurrent school programming will take place at GSCS. Younger students will be reading the companion title “Blackout” by John Rocco.

Copies of both books are available for checkout at the Griffin-Spalding County Library. Digital eBook and audiobook copies of the book are also available. Book clubs and individuals are invited to check out their copies today.

A complete list of events and additional information about this community-wide literacy program can be found at or by calling the library at 770-412-4770. GSCS students in middle and high school may request a link to an eBook from their English Language Arts (ELA) teacher.

Big Read Community Events are designed to enhance the book reading experience.

Big Read Events

March 1 to March 30:

  • Take and make crafts for adults, teens, and kids at the Griffin-Spalding County Library.

March 4, 6 p.m.:

  • Virtual Game Night (for GSCS Elementary School students and their families) facilitated via Google Meet. Register at
  • family.

March 6, 2 p.m.:

  • Gardening Off the Grid Sustainable Gardening Program at Healthy Life Community Garden, corner of Third Street and Blanton Avenue.

March 9, 6:30 p.m.:

  • A Conversation with the Author Emily St. John Mandel, a virtual Q&A via Zoom. Call the library at 770-412-4770 to register.

March 13, 2 p.m.:

  • Self-defense demonstration by Guardian Krav Maga at Tyus Park Pavilion 2.

March 17, 6:30 p.m.:

  • Pandemic Response Discussion with Commander Adam Lofton, United States Department of Health and Human Services. He will provide information and answer questions in a virtual Q&A via Zoom. Call the library at 770-412-4770 to register.

Time and Place (TBA):

  • Orienteering Workshop led by the Boy Scouts of America. See for updated information.

March 25, 6:30 p.m.:

  • Library Book Club Discussion via Zoom. Call the library at 770-412-4770 to register.

March 26, 1 p.m.:

  • Library Book Club Discussion with Spalding County Senior Center at Tyus Park, Pavilion 2.

March 30, 6 p.m.: Student Literacy and Arts Showcase for GSCS Schools (for GSCS students). Register on