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February 23 – March 31, 2019

Menomonee Falls was fortunate to receive NEA Big Read support this year to bring the community NEA Big Read in The Falls featuring True Grit by Charles Portis.

About True Grit: In the 1870s, young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. But even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can’t go alone after a desperado who’s holed up in Indian territory. With some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.

Everyone is invited to read, explore, discuss, and celebrate True Grit by Charles Portis. This classic western has been loved by readers for 50 years for its humor, compelling characters, and engaging storytelling. More about NEA Big Read.

Free copies of the book will be available at the Library beginning February 1, while supplies last.

NEA Big Read in The Falls Events

Organizations and businesses throughout The Falls will be holding True Grit themed events. See a list of NEA Big Read in The Falls Partners and Sponsors.


Multimedia Contest

Several characters in Charles Portis’ True Grit demonstrate the courage, resolve, and strength of character associated with grit. Share a story of true grit you’ve seen, experienced, or lived through.

Middle school, high school, and adult winners!
Participants may submit:

  1. Visual Arts Entries (Examples include photo essays, photography, posters, dioramas, etc.)
  2. Written/Verbal Entries (Examples include video essays, poetry, written essays, etc.)

Deadline for entry is March 1, 2019.

Service Project to Support Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

Food, cleaning supplies, and new or gently used towels or bedding will be collected at Menomonee Falls Public Library and at all NEA Big Read events. Items will be donated to Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative .

About NEA Big Read

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.

For more information on the NEA Big Read visit the website.

True Grit Resources: