Door County Library Wins Major Grant Award

Door County Library’s Door County Reads 2024 events received a major grant award from Wisconsin Humanities to provide additional support for 2024’s event series based on the book Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith, and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt. 

J.P. Leary, Associate Professor in First Nation Studies, History, and Humanities from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay has been named as the Humanities Scholar for Door County Reads. 

Additional funding for Door County Reads was provided by the Door County Library Foundation ($20,000), Friends of the Door County Library ($6,000) and Nicolet Federated Library System ($5,000). 

In 2022, Braiding Sweetgrass was adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith. This new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding stems from listening to the plants around us. 

Over 1,000 copies will be distributed to Door County Library-sponsored book discussion groups, area high schools for book-discussion kits and the general public while supplies last. Free copies of the book can be picked up at Door County Library locations.