National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

DeKalb Public Library


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309 Oak Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

Tel: 815/756-9568
Fax: 815/756-7837
http://www.dkpl.org

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

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A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. Le Guin

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Events

Big Read Toddler Time

Infants through toddler-age children and their parents are invited to join Miss Marti on the dragon carpet for a morning of fun with stories and songs for little ones!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Bilingual Craft

A host of crafts related to wizardry! Make magical companions who will help you on your path to becoming a wizard. October 1: Dragon Craft; October 8: Toad Puppet Craft; October 15: Cat Mask; October 22: Hanging Bat

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Stitch Niche

Always wanted to learn how to crochet? Or maybe you are just looking for others who share your favorite pastime? Either way this club is for you! Knitters are also welcome! You will need to bring your own supplies such as yarn and crochet hooks. This club is great for people who are beginners all the way up to advanced. If you are unsure of what you need, a basic crochet or knit how-to booklet will be provided during classes. There is no sign up necessary. This month we will have dedicated fantasy projects we will be working on to tie in with the Big Read!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Kick-Off: Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest is a celebration of the fantasy genre with programs for all ages. Participate in our costume contest! Learn the secrets of alchemy! Increase your knowledge of dragons! Dress like your favorite fantasy character!

Event Location: DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Sat, Oct 4, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Jen on the Dragon Carpet and enjoy several magical stories! Kids are always welcome to wear pajamas.

Event Location: DeKalb Pubilc Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Magical Companion Craft

Create a magical companion to aid you as you learn the secrets of magic! October 6: Toad Puppet. October 13: Cat Mask. October 20: Hanging Bat.

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Keynote Address - Author Howard Andrew Jones: "Why is Fantasy Literature Important?" (Keynote Address)

Howard Andrew Jones is the author of heroic fantasy novels "The Desert of Souls" and "The Bones of the Old Ones," as well as managing editor of Black Gate magazine (www.blackgate.com). He will discuss the importance of fantasy literature both over time and in the 21st century and his experiences as an author.

Event Location: Ellwood House - Visitor Center (Behind Ellwood House Museum), 509 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read: Tales for Twos

This story time program on Tuesday mornings is geared to two-year-old children. The program will last approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Children will receive a coloring sheet after the program, which they may color at the library. Older and younger children are welcome to attend.

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 10:00am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea - Magic Muffins Tween Book Discussion

In the world of Earthsea, knowing the true name of a thing--or a person--grants power over it. Young Ged has the potential to be one of the greatest wizards ever, but when a prideful mistake unleashes a terrible shadow, Ged must risk his life to restore the balance.

Event Location: 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read with Carla

Join Carla from the Kishwaukee College Family Literacy program for a fun-filled time of stories and crafts related to this month's Big Read book, "A Wizard of Earthsea"!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 10:00am

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 10:00am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Join us as we celebrate fantasy fiction in October by watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy! October 9: The Fellowship of the Ring. October 10: The Two Towers. October 11: The Return of the King.

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014 – Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Wildcard Teen Book Discussion: A Wizard of Earthsea

In the world of Earthsea, knowing the true name of a thing--or a person--grants power over it. Young Ged has the potential to be one of the greatest wizards ever, but when a prideful mistake unleashes a terrible shadow, Ged must risk his life to restore the balance.

Event Location: 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Wizarding School: Alchemy

Learn the secrets of magic! Like Ged in "A Wizard of Earthsea," you too can attend wizarding school! This week: Archmagus Jeremy Benson from Northern Illinois University's STEM Outreach demonstrates the secrets of alchemy! Come and gain your certificate of wizarding excellence!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

General Book Club: A Wizard of Earthsea Book Discussion

In the world of Earthsea, knowing the true name of a thing--or a person--grants power over it. Young Ged has the potential to be one of the greatest wizards ever, but when a prideful mistake unleashes a terrible shadow, Ged must risk his life to restore the balance.

Event Location: 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Fire-Breathing Dragon Craft

You will look pretty scary when you ROAR like a dragon!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 11:30am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Fantasy Literature Panel Discussion

Come listen to local experts, students, scholars, and enthusiasts of the fantasy genre as we field questions and discuss the fantasy genre with you! Parking is free after 7 PM.

Event Location: Northern Illinois University, Founders Library - Rare Books Room, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Spelling Bee

Big Read is partnering up with Altrusa again, for its annual Spelling Bee! Literacy is a primary focus of Altrusa International. Numerous outstanding literacy programs are already in place in DeKalb County, many of which could be enhanced with additional funding. This past year over $5,000 was used to fund a variety of community literacy projects. proceeds also help to fund the Newspapers in Education program sponsored by the Daily Chronicle.

Event Location: St. Mary Church, Community Building, 244 Waterman Street, Sycamore, IL 60178

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Wizarding School: Fortune Telling

Wizarding School! Learn the secrets of magic! Today, our seer and fortune teller will teach you the arts of divination and peering into the future! Come and get your wizarding certificate of excellence! (For entertainment purposes only.)

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Sailboat Craft

Create your own magical sailboat for use in the bath, and be like Ged from "A Wizard of Earthsea"!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 11:30am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Tween Craft

Create your own beaded dragon with the aid of our wise and wonderful tween coordinator, Darcy Tatlock!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read / Kishwaukee Family Reading Night: A Wizard of Earthsea

Enjoy an old fashioned read aloud in a cozy setting. We’ll meet in the Kish College Conference Dining Room to read excerpts from “A Wizard of Earthsea” and an overall discussion of the book. E-Readers will be available to use for following along. Free copies of the Big Read book will be available to this free event.

Event Location: Kishwaukee College - Dining Room of Conference Center (A1273), 21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Spanish Book Discussion - Un Mago de Terramar

En el mundo de Terramar, sabiendo el verdadero nombre de una cosa - o una persona - entrega poder sobre una persona. Joven Ged tiene el potencial de ser uno de los más grandes magos del mundo, pero cuando un error orgulloso desata una terrible sombra, Ged tiene que arriesgar su vida para restaurar el equilibrio.

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

In addition to our usual activities, tonight we'll be getting a bit crafty and making our own magic wands!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Wizarding School: Sleight of Hand

Join Cerlin the Wizard and learn some of the secrets of magic! Astound your friends and family with your clever tricks!

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Magic Muffin Magazine

Put on your thinking caps and exercise your creativity by writing for DeKalb Public Library's Tween Publication: Magic Muffins Magazine! This month's writing will relate to the fantasy genre and our Big Read selection, "A Wizard of Earthsea."

Event Location: DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Blacksmith Demonstration

Just where did all those swords and suits of armor come from, not to mention horseshoes, plows, and other tools people used to better their lives? Blacksmiths' forges, that's where! Come and see a professional blacksmithing demonstration performed by our dear friends at the Glidden Homestead!

Event Location: Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway (Route 38), DeKalb, IL 60115

Date: Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Book Discussion: A Wizard of Earthsea

In the world of Earthsea, knowing the true name of a thing--or a person--grants power over it. Young Ged has the potential to be one of the greatest wizards ever, but when a prideful mistake unleashes a terrible shadow, Ged must risk his life to restore the balance.

Event Location: Hinckley Public Library District, 100 Maple St., Hinckley, IL 60520

Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

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