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Florida organizations get Big Read grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that 269 nonprofits will receive grants totaling $3,742,765 to host Big Read celebrations between September 2009 and June 2010. The Big Read is a national literary program encouraging - what else? - reading.

Two of the organizations are in South Florida and will get $20,000 apiece: the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College and the Florida Center for the Book/Broward Public Library Foundation in Fort Lauderdale. Spend it wisely, we beg of you!

Seven other state organizations will also get grants of varying amounts:

Henry County Library Cooperative in Clewiston: $7,500

Communities in Schools of Putnam County Inc. in East Palatka: $7,490

Nassau County Public Library System in Fernandina Beach: $10,000

Suwannee River Regional Library in Live Oak: $4,600

Charlotte County Library System in Port Charlotte: $9,640

Martin County Board of County Commissioners in Stuart: $16,160

Hillsborough County Public Library in Tampa: $20,000

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