National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

New Rochelle Public Library


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1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Tel: 914/632-7878
Fax: 914/632-0262
http://www.nrpl.org

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain

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Events

Big Read Partners Kick-off

Community Partners will receive baskets filled with props, a batch of free books to give away, readers guides and other materials to help get their Tom Sawyer reading adventures off to a great start. Talented teens in our Big Read Reader’s Theater Troupe will re-enact a few scenes from the book, and we’ll show clips from the Mark Sawyer documentary and Adventures of Tom Sawyer and a sneak preview of all the great programs.

Event Location: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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Antiquarian Book Display

Coinciding with The Big Read, the library is displaying early editions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, including an edition illustrated by Norman Rockwell while he was living in New Rochelle and another illustrated by Edward Kemble, also a prominent New Rochelle artist.

Event Location: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sun, May 3, 2015 – Sat, Jun 27, 2015

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Big Read Kickoff

Celebrate the launch of New Rochelle’s 2015 Big Read with an afternoon of activities for all ages. An acclaimed Twain impersonator will explain, in Twain’s voice, how the book came to be written, and Cindy Lovell, Twain historian and Executive Director of the Mark Twain Museum in Hartford, CT, will reveal more fascinating information about Twain and his now-classic novel. The family-friendly event will include also games and refreshments right out of 1840’s St. Petersburg, Missouri, including sack races, marbles, magnet fishing, and a (fake) frog jumping contest. Participants will also have the opportunity to craft a miniature raft and create a checker set to take home. Everyone will receive a free copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (while supplies last)!

Event Location: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sun, May 3, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

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Film Doubleheader: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain’s classic stories come alive in these two musical adaptations from the 1974: 1:00 pm: This beloved version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer stars redheaded mop-top Johnny Whitaker as Tom, and Jodie Foster as his fetching sweetheart, Becky Thatcher. Celeste Holm plays his exasperated, tough-loving aunt and Jeff East fills the role of Tom’s ragtag best friend Huckleberry Finn. The screenplay and songs were written by Richard and Robert Sherman, responsible for the music in many of Disney's classics including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Conducted by John Williams, the musical numbers include Gratifaction, the lively Freebootin' and Charley Pride's River Song. 98 minutes. 3:00 pm: The musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn captures the genuine friendship between Huck, who is again played by Jeff East, and Jim, played by Paul Winfield. Strong-willed and self-raised, Huck decides to flee his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, when his cruel absentee father tries to kidnap him. Accompanying him is the sharp-witted Jim, who fears he is about to be sold. As this unlikely pair journey north to freedom, they develop a bond of friendship and mutual respect that will help them brave a series of thrilling adventures with a few narrow escapes. 114 minutes.

Event Location: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sat, May 9, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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The Melodies of Mark Twain - Musical Concert by the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble

Mark Twain was passionate about music. In this concert, flutist Barbara Hopkins and guitarist Judy Handler will chronicle his life and musical interests from his early days in the South to his final days in Connecticut including stories and quotes from Twain. He was drawn to spirituals that he heard as a boy, loved Scottish and Irish songs, enjoyed the popular music of his day and later came to appreciate some of the classical composers of the Romantic era. A special feature of the concert is the musicians performance on historical instruments. Judy will be playing an 1893 Martin parlor guitar that is the same make and model that Mark Twain owned and played, a reproduction of a Panormo guitar from the 1830's, and a Paramount banjo. Barbara will be playing wooden flutes by Asa Hopkins made in Litchfield, CT in the 1830's, a reproduction of a flute by Liebel from the 1830's and modern flute. Ossie Davis Theater. Suggested donation: $2.00

Event Location: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sun, May 17, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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Tom Sawyer in Film

The 1938 film, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is one of the best book-to-film versions of the classic AND it stars a former New Rochelle resident, Ann Gillis, as Becky Thatcher. The black and white movie also stars Tommy Kelly (Tom Sawyer), Jackie Moran (Huckleberry Finn), May Robson (Aunt Polly), Walter Brennan (Muff Potter), and Victor Jory (Injun Joe).

Event Location: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Thu, May 21, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Site Reading at Neptune Park

Near a former steamboat landing site on the edge of Long Island Sound, costumed members of the Reader’s Theater Troupe members will re-enact a scene from the book. Registration not required. Public parking at Sharkey Courts and on Harbor Lane.

Event Location: Neptune Park, New Rochelle, NY 10805

Date: Sat, May 23, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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Site Reading at Sophia Brewster Schoolhouse

Costumed members of the Reader’s Theater Troupe members will re-enact a scene from the book. To reserve a free seat: please call 813-3706. Public Parking on Sicard Road.

Event Location: Paine Cottage, 20 Sicard Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10804

Date: Sun, May 31, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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Fishing Derby Classic

This year, New Rochelle Parks and Recreation annual Fishing Derby will celebrate the "gone fishin'" spirit of Tom Sawyer. Participants dressed like Tom or one of his friends in the classic book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, will be awarded special prizes, with a grand prize for the best costume, (fish or no fish!) All Fishing Derby participants will have a chance to make their own fishing pole and get a free copy of the book – just stop in the Huguenot Children’s Library. For children in Grades K – 8. (Participants must bring their own rod, reel & hook. Bait is provided.) In the event of inclement weather, call, 654-2084.

Event Location: Twin Lakes, Huguenot Park at NRHS, North Ave and Eastchester Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am

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Group Trip to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT

We’ve arranged for a coach bus to take 50 participants to Hartford for a fascinating glimpse into Twain’s home and life, at the Mark Twain House and Museum. Guided tours of the house, lunch – and a special treat – of tours of eth neighboring Harriet Beecher Stowe House are all included. Ion the way up, we’ll show the Ken Burns documentary on Mark Twain and on the way back, ice tea, wine and cheese will be served. Price per person to cover all costs: $60.00. To purchase a ticket, please call 813-3706.

Event Location: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm

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BID Family Market Day: Community Fence-Painting Party and River Music

The seemingly enormous picket fence that Tom Sawyer tricked his friends into painting will be replicated on Library Green, and all are invited to join in the fun of painting it! In conjunction with New Rochelle’s Big Read of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts will host a family-friendly party that will take Tom’s task to a joyful level. A long white fence will be installed so that children and adults of all ages can go to town, decorating it with a painted image, a favorite quote, or a bit of poetry that they have created—or participants can select from a supply of vintage New Rochelle scenes and Mark Twain quotes. Material and encouragement will be provided. Live music by the Banjo Rascals and a performance by the Big Read Readers Theater Troupe will add to the festivities.

Event Location: Ruby Dee Park at Library Green, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

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BID Family Market Day: Native American Heritage

Native American Indian storytellers and dancers will perform traditional tales and movement, while also speaking about the treatment of Native peoples in the 19th century.

Event Location: Ruby Dee Park at Library Green, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

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Summer Reading Kick-off Event: The Adventures Continue!

The annual launch of the library’s summer reading game and fun-filled activities begins with adventure-inspiring crafts, live entertainment, and refreshments. Children in pre-K through Grade 5 will be able to register for the 2015 Summer Reading Game in the library lobby, check-out stacks of books, and start earning points for prizes.

Event Location: Ruby Dee Park at Library Green, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6346

Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

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