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Springfield-Greene County Library District


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4653 South Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810-1723

Tel: 417/616-0708
Fax: 417/889-2547
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True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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"True Grit" Waverly House Art Reception

Join the Springfield-Greene County Library for our 2016 Big Read Kick Off! Enjoy a reception for the artists accepted in the True Grit Juried Art Show with works inspired by the Big Read title, "True Grit." The winner of the show will be announced at the reception. Works will be on display at the Waverly House April 1-May 21. For adults.

Event Location: Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly Ave., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

First Friday Art Walk with Artist Andy Thomas

Join us for First Friday Art Walk including an art talk at 8 p.m. by contemporary Western oil painter Andy Thomas, who will talk about his paintings, many of which depict images of the American West, and demonstrate his technique for bringing history to life on canvas. Enjoy the opening of a new exhibit, Horse and Western Art by Jennifer Leeper.

Event Location: Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Stories of the West with Marideth Sisco and Dennis Crider

Enjoy stories, songs and music of the american West performed by West Plains-based singer and Ozarks folklorist Marideth Sisco, with additional music by West Plains guitarist Dennis Crider. Sisco and Crider are two members of Blackberry Winter Band, that amazing group of hillbilly musicians that performed several songs on the soundtrack and screen of the Oscar-nominated movie "Winter's Bone." For all ages.

Event Location: Fox Theatre, History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the Brentwood Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For adults.

Event Location: Brentwood Branch Library community room, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Keynote Speaker: Charles Portis and "True Grit"

Join us for a lively discussion of "True Grit" and author, Charles Portis by Jay Jennings, a Portis scholar, personal friend for 30 years and editor of "Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany." The book is a collection of journalism, humor, short stories and drama by the author of "True Grit." Jennings will sell and sign books after the event. "True Grit" is not just a great genre story, Jennings says, but great literature, and he offers biographical information about Portis and his writing career as a journalist and novelist. Jennings is a freelance writer whose journalism, humor and essays have appeared in national literary journals, magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the Oxford American, Garden & Gun and Travel & Leisure. For all ages.

Event Location: The Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Book: True Grit

NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For ages 20-39.

Event Location: The Library Center Harrison Room, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the Northview Center

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For adults.

Event Location: Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St., Springfield, MO 65803

Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club

Read "True Grit" and join us at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club for book-inspired music and half-time trivia. Wild Bob's is a one-of-a-kind Springfield experience in which local singer-songwriters create and perform original songs inspired by the monthly book selection. For age 21 and older. $5 cover.

Event Location: Lindberg's Tavern, 318 W. Commercial St., Springfield, MO 65803

Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Movie at the Moxie Cinema

Enjoy the second movie adaption of Charles Portis' 1968 novel "True Grit," rated PG-13, directed, written and produced by the Coen brothers. Following the movie Dr. Tim White from Missouri State University's Media and Film Department will present "True Grit: Baroque Western and Postmodern Wester." They say that a Hollywood period piece tells the viewer much more about the time period during which it was made than it does about the period it depicts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the two adaptations of the 1968 novel, "True Grit." White will explain why a look at these two films will tell us as much about Hollywood as it will about the West. For age 13 and older. Admission is free.

Event Location: Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave., Suite #101, Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 4:15pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Trivia Night at Patton Alley Pub

Bring your friends in teams of 2-6 to a special night of literary trivia based on the Big Read title, "True Grit." For age 21 and older.

Event Location: Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave., Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the Strafford Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For adults.

Event Location: Strafford Branch Library, 101 S. State Highway 125, Strafford, MO 65757

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Judge Parker, Outlaws and the American West

Join us as Tom Wing, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, talks about "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker, deputies, outlaws and hangings. For adults.

Event Location: The Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the Library Center

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For adults.

Event Location: The Library Center Meeting Room A, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild Shows Its True Grit Reception

Artists from the Studio 55 Find Arts Guild present selections juried by a Springfield Regional Arts Council panel. Abstracts, Impressionistic and realistic painting, digital art and photography reflect "True Grit" themes of persistence and continuance in a course of action. Works will be on display from February 22-May 16. Reception Wednesday, April 13, 3 p.m. Open to the public.

Event Location: Springfield-Branson National Airport, Sky Gallery, 2300 N. Airport Blvd., Springfield, MO 65802

Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion for Teens

Join us for a special teen book discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For grades 6-12.

Event Location: Fair Grove Branch Library, 81 S. Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove, MO 65648

Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Book Talk at Barnes & Noble

Vincent Anderson, author of "Bald Knobbers: Chronicles of Vigilante Justice," and Larry Wood, author of "Wicked Springfield: The Seamy Side of the Queen City," will talk about their works, with emphasis on crime in the period of "True Grit." Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Anderson is the historical librarian and teacher at the Donald W. Reynolds Library and columnist for the Baxter Bulletin. The famous vigilantes were not a single vigilante group, he discovered, but rather many vigilante groups throughout a wide swath of the Ozarks Mountains. Larry Wood digs beneath the surface of Queen City history to reveal a rough frontier town from the 1830s, where whiskey flowed freely, gunplay and fistfights abounded and gambling thrived. The Civil War not only brought the horror of warfare home to Springfield but also introduced other wordly vices scarecely known in previous years. For adults.

Event Location: Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Happy Trails to You, Lil' Buckaroos!

Dress up in your best cowboy or cowgirl get-up and join us for stories and songs around the "campfire." For infants-age 6.

Event Location: Ash Grove Branch community room, 101 E. Main St., Ash Grove, MO 65604

Date: Fri, Apr 15, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

Book: True Grit

Songs of Pluck and Gumption

Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player Dana Cooper will perform a set of music inspired by "True Grit." Dana Cooper has been described as a "powerhouse" troubadour and a "song poet" who dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. He engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit and insightful stories. He has recorded over 20 albums and has received numerous awards including the 2014 Heritage Museum Award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City. For adults.

Event Location: The Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810-1723

Date: Fri, Apr 15, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Horse Hootenanny

Little cowboys and cowgirls get to horse around with their favorite animal while we wrangle up some crafts, songs and contests to keep them busy. For infants-age 6.

Event Location: Strafford Branch Library, 101 S. State Highway 125, Strafford, MO 65757

Date: Sat, Apr 16, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Pony Tales

Come on down to the farm to meet some of our animal friends and explore one of Springfield's best family spaces. We'll share farm stories, songs, crafts and activities in celebration of the Big Read title, "True Grit." For all ages.

Event Location: Rutledge Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield, MO 65807

Date: Sat, Apr 16, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Book: True Grit

Buckaroo Storytime

Come on down for stories, songs, activities and books that celebrate the cowpoke in all of us. We'll have a special cowboy guest to serenade us, so don your Western wear for a down-home, boot-stompin' good time! For all ages.

Event Location: Brentwood Branch Library community room, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the Ash Grove Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For adults.

Event Location: Ash Grove Branch Library, 101 E. Main St., Ash Grove, MO 65604

Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Poetry, Songs and Stories of an American Cowboy

Singing cowboy Gary McMahan will entertain you with tales and tunes of cowboys and the great American West. CDs will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Gary is known for his award-winning songs, captivating stories, uproarious humor and national championship yodeling. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Ian Tyson, Chris LeDoux, Riders in the Sky, Dave Stamey and Juni Fisher. His songs, stories and poems embody what many believe to be the heart of the new West. Gary comes by his cowboy heritage naturally. He was born into it and has ridden, wrangled and roped all over the West, all the while collecting reflections on cowboy ways. Those reflections are the backbone of all his songs, stories and poems. For adults.

Event Location: The Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Brown Bag Travelogue: Clothing in the Time of "True Grit"

Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Travel Through History -- Clothing in the Time of "True Grit." Fashion historian Nancy Farris-Thee will take you on a time-traveling adventure as she talks about clothing styles from the period of "True Grit." For adults.

Event Location: Brentwood Branch Library community room, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the South Side Senior Center

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For senior adults.

Event Location: South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Author John Erickson Presents: Hank the Cowdog in Concert

You love Head of Ranch Security Hank the Cowdog, now come meet Hank's creator! Author John Erickson will join us at the Springfield Art Museum for an evening of stories and songs about Hank the Cowdog. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Tickets are not required. For more information call 417-882-0714. For kids and families.

Event Location: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO 65807

Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion at the Brentwood Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. For adults.

Event Location: Brentwood Branch Library community room, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO - Missouri 65804

Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Guns of the West and "True Grit"

David Kennedy, curator of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith, Ark., will talk about some of the famous and not-so-famous guns used in the American West, with a focus on the guns from the book and two film versions of "True Grit." For adults.

Event Location: The Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Show Us Your True Grit

Winners of the "True Grit" Flash Fiction contest are invited to read their works at the monthly local writers series. For adults.

Event Location: BookMarx Book Store, 325 E. Walnut St., Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Adventures in the Magic Tree House

Travel with Jack and Annie to distant times and lands as we explore books from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. "Gosht Town at Sundown." In conjunction with the Big Read, we'll explore cowboys, horses and the Wild West. Registration starts April 15; call 417-751-2933. For grades K-4.

Event Location: Ash Grove Branch community room, 101 E. Main St., Ash Grove, MO 65604

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

Professor Farquar's Great American Medicine Show

Step right up for a great show of music, magic and mirth from Professor Farquar's Great american Medicine Show! There'll be no snake oil sales, just laughter and tales from the age of the cowboy during this recreation of a 19th century sideshow with a historic twist. For all ages.

Event Location: Library Station Frisco Room, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO 65803

Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Professor Farquar's Great American Medicine Show

Step right up for a great show of music, magic and mirth from Professor Farquar's Great american Medicine Show! There'll be no snake oil sales, just laughter and tales from the age of the cowboy during this recreation of a 19th century sideshow with a historic twist. For all ages.

Event Location: The Library Center auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810

Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

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