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Posted on: June 14, 2019

Anaheim explores history as community reads ’Our Town’

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The month-long celebration is made possible by a $15,000 NEA Big Read grant. NEA Big Read book picks are designed to bring communities together through the shared experience of reading.

A story that discusses the unique stages of life as the city comes together to read Thornton Wilders’ “Our Town.” From March 14 to April 11, Anaheim Public Library will lead a community-wide reading and exploration of the play, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Anaheim’s residents, both past and present.  

Throughout the month, Anaheim Library will give out copies of “Our Town,” lead book and panel discussions and host a series of local history events.

It’s all part of the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read program, a national program to promote reading across America.

“Our Town” is set in 1901 in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, Nh. The classic story provides an interesting perspective on time, companionship, and life through the perspective of two families.

Anaheim Library will bring the story to life with programs for all ages and community presentations led by the Anaheim Heritage Center, Anaheim Brewery, and many more at your neighborhood branch.

Take a step back in time and kick off the month-long celebration with Charles Phoenix as he presents Big Retro Disneyland, a fun-filled presentation about the Magic Kingdom.

With his unbridled enthusiasm, keen expertise, and a spectacular selection of mid-century era  Kodachrome images, Charles shares the backstories and glories of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland in the 50s and 60s.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore hands-on historical activities from butter making to orange sizing and wrapping with the Anaheim Heritage Center.

Kick off details:

When: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Where: Anaheim Central Library, 500 W. Broadway
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For a full list of programs visit

The NEA Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, which manages the grant program. Since 2006, more than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event.  Three other libraries (in Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky) will feature OUR TOWN during this award period.  

Support for this program is also generously funded by Altrusa International of Anaheim, Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim, the Anaheim Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Anaheim Public Library, and the Friends of the Canyon Hills Public Library.

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