The NEA Big Read

Welcome from OC Public Libraries!

OC Public Libraries is proud to participate in the NEA Big Read of “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng. The book explores the universal theme of belonging, family expectations, sibling conflict and the struggle to understand one another. The NEA Big Read Grant supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Join us October 2017 through March 2018 for exciting programs and book discussions culminating with a meet-the-author event. 

- Helen Fried, County Librarian

Join us for a discussion of the NEA Big Read featured work "Everything I Never Told You"

Join us at these special book club meetings to discuss and explore themes that resonate in our own lives and communities. Copies of the book are available at each library for you to check out prior to the discussion. You can also borrow the ebook anytime through our eLibrary.

Monday, March 12 at 10:30am
Garden Grove Main Library
Monday, March 19 at 5:30pm
Laguna Hills Technology Library
Saturday, March 24 at 10:00am
Ladera Ranch Library
Tuesday, March 27 at 5:30pm
San Juan Capistrano Library


In China, calligraphy is a means of self-expression. All ages can learn the techniques of calligraphy. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, March 10 at 2:00pm
Westminster Library



Join us for a cooking demonstration by Theresa Lin. On the menu: traditional Chinese dishes. 

Sunday, March 25 at 2pm 
Garden Grove Main Library


Participants can either read or listen to the audiobook, “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng and then submit a photograph or drawing as a visual representation of the book. Submitted art work will be posted as part of a display at the branch.
October 2017 - March 2018
Costa Mesa Technology Library


Lanterns are symbolic in the Chinese culture, as they represent a "lighting of the way." Everyone is encouraged to attend and make their own lanterns.

Saturday, March 24 at 11:00am
Seal Beach/Mary Wilson Library