MDI: Reading Group Gets NEA grant

TREMONT — A group based here is among recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for a program called The Big Read, the NEA announced Tuesday.

Island Readers and Writers, the brainchild of Jan Coates (owner of Somesville’s recently closed Port in a Storm bookstore), got an $8,000 matching grant to participate in The Big Read early in January and February of 2010.

“Gosh, I’m thrilled,” said Ms. Coates on Tuesday. “We really feel the mission of Readers and Writers and the mission of The Big Read are so compatible.” Both aim to inspire a passion for reading in people, with Island Readers and Writers, which began in July 2007, focusing on children.

Island Readers and Writers has until mid-July to tweak its proposed program, which will focus on Jack London’s “Call of the Wild.” Potential activities include a film screening, programs on tracking, winter survival, scrimshaw and Inuit culture along with community book discussions.

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