The Big Read is Here!

True Grit was selected for community-wide reading program from September 1 - October 3, 2015.

From the moment it was published, Charles Portis's True Grit earned acclaim from critics as a classic Western tale. In the decades since, readers of all ages and fans of all literary genres have fallen in love with the indelible voice of Mattie Ross, as she recounts her youthful quest to avenge the murder of her father with the aid of a down-at-heels federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn. The rousing adventure story inspired two award-winning films, but on the page, readers will discover fully the rich humor, inventive prose, and compelling characters that have made the book a masterpiece of American storytelling.

Throughout September, the library will host author panels, book discussions, western-themed art, and much more!

You can access a PDF brochure listing of all the events, or visit our calendar.

We're also running an accompanying program for children called The Little Read! This will feature Old West programs and storytimes, along with discussions centered around the book Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman. 

The National Endowment for the Arts presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest.  The Big Read in Oceanside is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, with contributions from the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Public Library Foundation, with generous support from many community partners.