TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Conversations about domestic violence and racism where spurred on thanks to a reading program.
The Vigo County Public Library hosted its Big Read finale Saturday.
Over the month of March, readers picked up the book The Big Smoke. It's about the first African American heavyweight boxer, Jack Johnson.
The library organized several events inspired by the book and concluded the series with music, dessert and a car show Saturday afternoon.
The National Endowment of the Arts awarded the library with a grant for this program. The money allowed the library to distribute three thousand book copies throughout the community.
Program and Event Manager at the Vigo County Public Library Sarah Trover says, "It's been a great entry point to talk about some difficult conversations so I think it's wonderful to see the variety of people that pick up the book and how they feel about it."
Trover says they hope to get another grant for next year. Either way, plans for another big read program are in the works.