See Student Artwork and the Shiloh Community Quilt here!

In October 2013, the Sumter County Library will host The Big Read. For this event, we have selected "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck to be read by the Sumter community.

The Sumter County Library has partnered with Sumter County Adult Education, the Sumter Opera House, the Shepherd's Center, local school districts and other important organizations to bring the joy and importance of reading to Sumter County.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Visit the Official NEA Big Read website.


Tuesday, October 1st
6:00pm -

Opening Kickoff
Main Library
Featuring Dr. Valinda Littlefield and Dr. Larry Watson

Friday, October 4th

Film Screening of "The Grapes of Wrath"
Sumter Opera House

Monday, October 7th

Geography and "The Grapes of Wrath"
Main Library
With Dr. Camelia Kantor

Tuesday, October 8th

The Environment in "The Grapes of Wrath"
Main Library
With Lisa Turansky

Monday, October 14th

Book Discussion with Randa Edmunds
Main Library

Tuesday, October 15th

Book Discussion with Karen McEwen
Wesmark Library

Wednesday, October 16th

Job Searching with Jason Broughton
Main Library

Monday, October 21st

The Music of "The Grapes of Wrath"
With Greg Stuart
Main Library

Monday, October 28th

Book Discussion with Peggy Curlovic
Main Library

Thursday, October 31st

Art and Quilt Showcase Finale
Main Library