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San Leandro Library Awarded 2015 Big Read for 5th Year in a Row
Contact : Addie Silveira    510/577-3991

Mayor Stephen Cassidy and the San Leandro City Council announced today that The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the San Leandro Public Library with its prestigious Big Read grant for 2015. This is the fifth consecutive year that the library has been awarded the grant.

"We are tremendously grateful to the organizations that sponsor the Big Read," stated Mayor Cassidy.  ‚ÄúThis program promotes reading and literacy, fosters a broader understanding of the rich and diverse traditions of the people of San Leandro, and brings our community together through a number of fascinating artistic and cultural programs. Receiving this grant for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year is a testament to the ingenuity, talent and hard work of our library staff."

The book selection for 2015 is Into the Beautiful North, a novel by acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. "No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother," journalist Bill Moyers said of Luis Alberto Urrea.

In his third novel, Into the Beautiful North, Urrea transcends the "us against them" discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity, and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars. Urrea invites us to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations and reminds us that it is a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins. Filled with radiant depictions of the Mexican landscape and unforgettable characters, the novel chronicles a young woman's quest to protect her hometown from banditos.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage the public to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The program supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive access to online training resources and opportunities, as well as educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. 

The 2015 Big Read will kick off in February, 2015 and continue through the months of March and April. The community is invited to be active in the Big Read experience, which provides a wonderful journey of activities, events and insights.  Additional information about the 2015 Big Read program will be available beginning in January 2015.

For additional information, please contact Addie Silveira at or (510) 577-3991.

About San Leandro

One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 87,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.  The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (, a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro's industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.  In 2014, the City is welcoming new businesses by providing free business licenses for their first year of operation.

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