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  • National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
    The Big Read is Back!

    Brooks Library’s 2019 Big Read program features the novel To Live by Yu Hua. Events include campus and community kick-offs, related displays at the library and the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, a film series, book discussions throughout the community, and a reading and talk by the translator, Michael Berry. Books (print, electronic, and audio) are available for check-out at the Brooks Library and the Ellensburg Public Library. A limited number of books will be distributed at all Big Read events. For more information on our 2019 Big Read programming, please visit this website: or contact Gerard Hogan at



  • Chinese New Year Celebration with One Book One County!

    Celebrating Chinese New Year and kicking off our One Book One County Big Read program!  Experince Chinese culture with activities such as calligraphy, music, games, food and more!

    January 31, 2019


    Hal Holmes Center

    Ellensburg, WA, 98926

    One Book One County - Big Read Kickoff!

    To Live, by author Yu Hua


    Brought to by:

    CWU Brooks Library

    National Endowment for the Arts

    Ellensburg Public Library


    NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

  • Cultural Conversations

    A diverse community is a respectful community, rich in ideas and shared experiences. Cultural Conversations is a new program co-sponsored by Brooks Library, the Ellensburg Public Library, and CWU’s Office for International Student Programs. It is an opportunity to hear a different view, to practice empathetic listening and speaking, to learn a new culture through storytelling, and explore deep and relevant topics together.


    Our first event will be held Tuesday, January 22, at the Hal Holmes Community Center (201 Ruby Street, downtown) with guest storyteller, João Rodrigo Calarota. João was born in Brazil of Italian immigrant parents, was raised Roman Catholic, and heavily influenced by both Italian and Japanese cultures. He will describe how his cross-cultural experiences have affected his childhood and adult life, both in Brazil, and in the United States. João’s talk will be followed by small group conversations. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to all.


    Tuesday, Jan 22

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Hal Holmes Community Center 

    201 Ruby Street, downtown

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    New Library Commons Grand Opening!

    Brooks Library and Friends of the Library cordially invite you to celebrate the opening of the new Brooks Library Student Commons and to the Welcome Reception for Dean of Libraries Rebecca Lubas! 

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019


    Brooks Library 2nd floor

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