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SoIN Big Read Kicks Off with Press Conference

Regional, community event entails reading of “The House on Mango Street” 


New Albany, Ind. (Oct 1, 2021) – The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana (AASI) along with various regional partners will hold a press conference to kick off the SoIN Big Read at 11 a.m. Oct 5th at AASI, 820 E. Market St. in New Albany.


“We are thrilled to kick off the SoIN Big Read with our partners, The Floyd County Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Harrison County Public Library, Jeffersonville Public Art Commission, and Community Action of Southern Indiana,” said AASI Executive Director Brian Bell. “The SoIN Big Read will promote a regional community reading event of The House on Mango Street.”


Over 1,000 copies of the much-heralded novel, which was written in 1984 by Sandra Cisneros, will be distributed at no cost at locations throughout Southern Indiana. Each SoIN Big Read partnering organization will host book-related programming, including book discussions, workshops, and podcasts with the intention of fostering engagement and discussion of the book.


“The House on Mango Street approaches the complexities of living life and growing through struggles of cultural, social, and gender challenges. It is a book for everyone,” Bell said. “We have chosen this title because of its broad spectrum of relatability to a diverse community. The sharing of stories that expose struggle and aspiration in everyday life connect us and strengthen community.  This is our intent with our Big Read.” 


Two large community projects – Hashtag Trees and Dream and Anchors Project – centered around the book will take place over the next few months. For more information about the SoIN Big Read, visit


Jeffersonville and Clarksville Library locations:

Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Clarksville- Saturday, October 9th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop by the library to pick up your copy of our community Big Read " The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros and join us for some family friendly activities to celebrate the book and Hispanic Heritage month.


SoIN Big Read Virtual Book Discussion- Friday, November 19th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gather with fellow readers from the community and our Library Director David Seckman, for a book discussion on our community's Big Read book The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. 


SoIN Big Read: Amateur Poetry Hour- Monday, January 17, 2021 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This program is part of the community SoIN Big Read program. We will discuss the part poetry plays in the House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the part poetry plays in our own lives and we will save time to share our own poetry! Both amateur and experienced poets are welcome!

Harrison County Library locations:


SoIN Big Read Walking Book Discussion at Rice Island, Corydon.  Read The House on Mango Street and join in a book discussion while walking at the newly renovated Rice Island Park in downtown Corydon.  This will take place Saturday, November 6 at !!AM.  In case of inclement weather the discussion will be moved to the walking track at the YMCA of Harrison County. 


More Harrison County Public Library in person and virtual book discussion events coming soon.

Floyd County Library locations:


SoIN Big Read Books are bring distributed at Harvest Homecoming at the Floyd County Library Booth. 10/7- 10/10


• SoIN Big Read “A House on Mango Street” Book Discussion: Tuesday, November 9th from 12 PM - 1 PM at The Floyd County Library (180 West Spring Street, New Albany, IN)

• SoIN Big Read “A House on Mango Street” Book Discussion: Thursday, November 11th from 6 PM - 7 PM at The Floyd County Library (180 West Spring Street, New Albany, IN)

• Virtual Book Discussion:Tuesday, November 16th from 6 PM - 7 PM live on Zoom (Zoom link to be sent out to registered participants)


Registration is required for these programs. Guests can register online at

Stay tuned to this website for additional location dates and schedule of events.

*NOTE:  This book is best suited for high school students and adults, due to topics involving domestic and sexual violence*