Big Read, Sonoma County - March 2013


What is The Big Read, Sonoma County?

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. KRCB is the lead agency for The Big Read, Sonoma County and will be partnering with the Sonoma County Library and other community organizations to encourage everyone in Sonoma County to read the literary works of Emily Dickinson in March 2013. The National Endowment for the Arts supplies us with free reader’s guides for those participating in The Big Read.

How Can I Participate?

TEACHERS: Contact the Sonoma County Office of Education to learn how to participate in a Professional Development Day about how to teach Emily Dickinson in K-5 or 6-12.  Teachers who attend a training will be eligible for a Big Read grant.  For training dates, contact Sam Facendini at .

GENERAL PUBLIC:  Create an event or project around the work of Emily Dickinson!  The Big Read, Sonoma County invites teachers, schools, senior centers, arts and community organizations, and other interested parties to create an event or project meeting these criteria:

  • Events must take place in March 2013; serve public or private groups; any age or demographic

  • Projects (art, theatrical, musical) are encouraged in order to engage “reluctant readers”

  • A competitive Community Project Funding program will award funds to help make these events and projects happen.

How Do I Apply for Community Project Funding?

  • Create an event or project.

  • Complete the Community Project Funding Application or download at

  • Submit application by December 1st to

  • Projects will be selected and applicants informed by December 15, 2012. Funds will be distributed after the event or activity has taken place and the applicant submits a short report.

  • Recipients will be asked to provide a one paragraph summary of the project or event within ten days of its conclusion or by April 10th, whichever is sooner. The summary should include:  a description of the event/project, the number of adults who participated, the number of youth who participated; photographs and other artifacts for our “scrapbook” are appreciated.

  • Funds will be dispersed after the summary report of the project is submitted.

What Is the Criteria for Judging Projects?

The Big Read, Sonoma County Executive Committee will determine which projects are funded.  Priority will be given to ideas that meet the following criteria:

  • Outreach to special communities, including reluctant readers, low-income, disabled, English-as-a-Second Language or homebound individuals.

  • Creativity. The committee will reward projects that are particularly imaginative and engaging.

  • Depth of participation. Projects that engage participants and/or volunteers with a high level of interactivity will receive more points than low-interactivity projects.

  • Geographic diversity. The committee seeks to award at least one project in each city or unincorporated area in Sonoma County.

  • Number of individuals served. The committee prefers projects that serve a minimum of 10 individuals. Reaching a greater number of individuals is preferred, as long as the project can promote active participation with a larger group.


Contact Cheryl Scholar, Community Engagement Director / KRCB (707) 584-2005 or