Big Read 2018

Big Read 2018

Join the St. Croix Valley as we read Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a one book, one community program that brings together residents from throughout the valley around a common book. 2018 programming will include a variety of activities centered on themes found in Into the Beautiful North, including:

· Green Card Voices Exhibit, April 2-30, Library: Visit the library to view Green Card Voices, a thought-provoking exhibit of portraits and personal stories of the immigrant experience in America.

· Immigration in Minnesota, April 11, 6:30 PM, Library: Patrick Fenrick from the Dept. of Human Services will discuss the basics of the refugee journey from the refugee camp through the extensive security vetting process to U.S. arrival. We will discuss the different cultures and populations currently in MN with refugee status and how current changes in federal policy will affect Minnesota in the future.

· Art on Tour, April 13– April 20, Library: A traveling art installation will feature work by photographer David Owen and painter Jimmy Longoria. Owen’s photos show the expansiveness and beauty found along the U.S. border with Mexico.

· Green Card Voices Panel Discussion, April 16, 6:00 PM, Library: Meet the people behind the portraits in a panel discussion with first generation immigrants Dario Mejia, Regina Santiago and Irma Marquez Trapero. We will explore the immigrant experience, exposing myths and stereotypes and stirring deeper conversations that support healing.

· Book Discussion, April 21, 2:00 PM, Library: Join us for a discussion of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

· An Evening with Krista Tippett from On Being and author Luis Alberto Urrea, May 3, 7:00 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church: Luis Alberto Urrea will talk with Krista Tippett host of On Being radio broadcast and podcast. Program is free but reservations are required. This evening is presented by ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Library Foundation and Valley Bookseller.

· To learn more about the other Big Read events in the valley or to register for the evening with Krista Tippett and Luis Alberto Urrea, go to and click on the event listings icon.