The Big Read: The Joy Luck Club 2008 Kick Off November 13th, 2007

Creating a Nation of Readers

[Miami, Florida -- October 30, 2007] OCA-South Florida Chapter is delighted to work with Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association and United Chinese Association of Florida to support Florida Center for the Book & Broward County Library for The Big Read: The Joy Luck Club 2008 from November 1 to November 30.

Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young.

The Big Read kick-off will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 2pm at North Regional / Broward Community College Library –1100 Coconut Creek Boulevard, Coconut Creek, FL 33066 — with Chinese Lion Dance and cultural program. Miss Florida Asia 2007 Xiaozhen You will perform at this Kick-off event. The first 50 people to arrive at the program will receive a free copy of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. A Chinese Calligraphy exhibit will be on display at the library throughout the month of November.

During Novermber, a Mah Jong Exhibit will be shown at Southwest Regional Library — 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331 — and a Feng Shui presentation will be held on November 4, 2007 at 2 pm.

Join us for THE BIG READ, the community-wide reading project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and focusing on Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club.

For more information on these two events, please contact OCA-SFL at 305-753-8791 or Tara Zimmermann, Florida Center for the Book Literary Events Coordinator, at (954) 357-7386 or tzimmerm@browardlibrary.org for more details on The Big Read activities throughout Broward County or visit http://www.broward.org/library/bigread.htm.

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