2016-17 NEA Big Read

Thank you to all our partners, readers, and audiences for participating in our 2016-17 NEA Big Read!

The Mary Lyon Foundation is pleased to be one of 77 communities nationwide—and the only Massachusetts community—to celebrate great literature with an NEA Big Read. Programming for this valley-wide community read will run from September 2016 to Spring 2017, culminating with a visit to the valley by the author of Into the Beautiful North, Luis Urrea in April. SEE SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS BELOW!

Learn more about the book Into the Beautiful North here and check the calendar of events on the NEA Big Read site as it evolves during the three seasons of programming here. Want to host or participate in a book discussion? Call 413-625-2555 or email us at marylyonfoundation@gmail.com!

indexFrom September 28–October 26, 2016, join our Big Read partner, Holyoke Community College and LISA (Latino International Students Association), for their 3rd annual film festival. See the schedule for the five films here.

spirit-of-place-banner-for-websiteLearn more about our “Spirit of Place” kick-off event at Greenfield Community College on Saturday, October 15, 2016 here.


Join us for Mariachi and the 1960 film “The Magnificent Seven” (which plays a key role in the novel, Into the Beautiful North) on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls! Mariachi Mexico Antigua will take the stage at 6:30 pm; film begins at 7:30 pm; post film discussion facilitated by Pricilla Page, UMass Theater Department. More here.





We distributed thousands of bookmarks (see below) at the Franklin County Fair and Parade early in September.