Library presentations to focus on water safety

The tragic drowning of a 16-year-old girl shatters a family’s life in Celeste Ng’s emotionally gripping novel, “Everything I Never Told You.’’ 

The fictional family’s tragedy will serve as life-saving teachable moment during a series of upcoming water safety programs at four Volusia County libraries. 

It’s all part of this year’s NEA Big Read program, which is intended to encourage community reading through programs designed around a single book. 

The Volusia County Public Library system received a $15,000 NEA Big Read grant and selected the Celeste Ng novel as its title. The Volusia County Council matched that grant with an additional $15,000.

The library system’s branches and other venues are hosting more than 130 programs such as book discussions, author talks, concerts and informative presentations based on the novel. 

Schedule of programs 

The schedule for the four water safety programs is as follows:  

Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech Street, Daytona Beach, 386-239-6478. Volusia County Beach Safety will give a presentation to parents on the importance of water safety for children. Refreshments will be provided after the presentation. 

Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, 386-322-5152. Officer Jonathan Merwin with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue will discuss all aspects of beach safety, including rip current awareness, beach conservation, beach ordinances and more. 

Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., 386-257-6036. A Volusia County Beach Safety representative will share information on how to be safe in the water. 

Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd., 386-424-2910. Adults are welcome to join Chris Atkinson with Volusia County Beach Safety as she discusses water safety. The presentation will educate participants on signs of danger and offer tips for keeping yourself and others safe while in and on the water. 

The NEA Big Read program runs from Jan. 25 through Feb. 29. A complete list of local events can be found at



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