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February 18, 2021 – The Nevada County Community Library, in collaboration with Nevada County Reads & Writes, presents a Virtual Film Screening series for its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read celebration of The Round House by Louise Erdrich on Thursdays, February 18th, February 25th, March 4th, March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th. The NEA Big Read in Nevada County is presented in partnership with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and the Friends of the Nevada County Library of with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Book to Action.

In this virtual film series, we will gather online to watch six screenings of movies that relate to the themes in The Round House will be held online with a short discussion following. Participants are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and/or dinner! The first screening will take place on Thursday, February 18th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, of the documentary Tribal Justice.

In Tribal Justice, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country begin to take notice. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.  https://www.pbs.org/pov/

Following screenings include Young Lakota on February 25th, Barking Water on March 4th, Language Healers & Ishi’s Return on March 11th, Rhymes for Young Ghouls on March 18th, and a look at the Nevada City Film Festival’s project with California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) on March 25th.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Nevada County is one of 84 communities nationwide participating in the NEA Big Read from September 2020-June 2021. From February 8th to March 27th, 2021 our community will celebrate The Round House by Louise Erdrich with a full calendar of events including book discussions for all age groups throughout the county, several storywalks around the different towns in our area, featuring Nisenan and Native storybooks. Writing workshops will be held virtually to encourage adults and teens to reflect on their own narratives. We will also be hosting several Nisenan cultural programs so we can all learn more about the history of our area.

For more information, visit the Events Calendar at mynevadacounty.com/library or call (530) 265-7050.