Big Read Announcement

NEA Big Read in The Falls

February 7 – March 14, 2020

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Survival is insufficient.

Be a part of Menomonee Falls’ community-wide read!

Everyone is invited to read, explore, discuss, and celebrate Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a flu pandemic has devastated the world. The survivors try to build a life worth living as they navigate their new world.

Join us for programs, events, and discussions throughout the community.

Free copies of the book will be available at the Library beginning January 6, 2020, while supplies last.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection, with grants ranging from $5,000 and $15,000.

Menomonee Falls was fortunate to receive NEA Big Read support this year to bring the community NEA Big Read in The Falls featuring Station Eleven by Emily St. John.

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Featured Events

NEA Big Read Kickoff

Friday, February 7, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

The Hot House Tavern, N88 W16631 Appleton Ave.

Kickoff the NEA Big Read and celebrate art, music, theater, and our community.  See how The Hot House Tavern has transformed the space that was once the Library and fire station. Pick up your free copy of Station Eleven and program information while enjoying food and activities for all ages.

An Evening with Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel

Thursday, March 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

North Middle School Auditorium, N88 W16750 Garfield Dr.

Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel will be live on stage with WTMJ Journalist John Mercure. 6:00 PM reception, followed by 7:00 PM Poetry Contest Awards and Keynote Presentation. A book signing with the author will follow the event.

Check out the complete calendar of events!

Poetry Contest

Do you enjoy writing poetry?  Share your Station Eleven inspired poetry! Winners will be announced at the Emily St. John Mandel keynote event on Thursday, March 12.

Middle school, high school, and adult winners! $100 cash prize in each category.

Deadline for entry is February 20, 2020.

Sponsored by the Menomonee Falls Library Friends.

Service Project to Support the Falls Area Food Pantry

We are proud to support the mission of the Falls Area Food Pantry. Food, cash donations, and new or gently used children’s books will be collected at the Library and all NEA Big Read in The Falls events.


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