National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Springfield-Greene County Library District


Contact Info

4653 South Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810-1723

Tel: 417/616-0708
Fax: 417/889-2547
http://www.thelibrary.org

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Currently Reading

The Call of the Wild
Jack London

Learn more about this book


Events

"The Call of the Wild" Photo Contest

Capture an inspiring scene from the great outdoors or the animals that live there--wild or tame--in the Big Read's Call of the Wild photo contest March 1-22. Entries accepted in youth category (age 17 and under) and adult, by Greene County residents or library card holders. Winning photos and select entries will be featured in the April art display at the Library Center and in the Springfield News-Leader.

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

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 – Sat, Mar 22, 2014

Book: The Call of the Wild

Animal Tales: A Flash Fiction Contest

Submit your entries, 250 words or less, April 1-30. "The Call of the Wild" takes us into the world of a soulful dog with a fierce determination, and tells the story from the dog's point of view. There are a lot of gutsy animals out there, and a lot of animal tales. We challenge you to create your own story for the Library's Big Read Flash Fiction Contest. In 250 words or less, we invite you to write a humorous or serious story--from an animal's point of view. Yes, any animal.

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

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 – Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Book: The Call of the Wild

Feature Films at the Library: "Balto"

Enjoy the movie "Balto," rated G. An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska. For all ages.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Pam Flowers: "Alone Across the Arctic"

Author and adventurer Pam Flowers tells the unforgettable story of her solo Arctic expedition with eight sled dogs from Barrow, Alaska, to the hostile wilderness of eastern Canada. Flowers has worked with dogs for 32 years. Her Big Read talk is based on her book "Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team." Pam will sell and sign books after the event. For all ages in the auditorium.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Reading Pals - Big Read Style at the Republic Branch Library

Visit and read to canine friends from Pet Therapy of the Ozarks. Enjoy crafts and stories from "The Puppy Place" series. Materials will be provided. For grades K-5.

Event Location: Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey Ave., Republic, MO 65738

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Brentwood Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults.

Event Location: 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion with the NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings at the Library Center

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. Refreshments will be provided. For adults ages 20-30.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Kick-off Events: Edible Books Festival

Kick off the Big Read with our annual Edible Books Festival. Professional bakers will present cakes fashioned after the themes from this year's book, "The Call of the Wild." The competition includes entries from Stacey's Sweets, Hy-Vee Bakery, Sam's Club Bakery, and TwentyOne Cakes. The "edible books" will be on display so you can vote for your favorite. We'll announce the winner after 7 p.m. and then we'll eat cake! For all ages.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Kick-off Events: Fare of the Wild

See how simple goodness is made. Christine Daues of Granolove will demonstrate how the Springfield-based company makes a wholesome granola, and learn how it grew from a kitchen project to a company with sales worldwide.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Kick-off Events: First Firkin Friday at Mother's Brewery

To help us kick off the Big Read, Mother's Brewing Company has prepared a special firkin inspired by "The Call of the Wild." The firkin will be tapped at 6 p.m. in the tasting room and when it's gone, it's gone. For adults age 21 and older.

Event Location: Mother's Brewing Company Tasting Room, 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Tim Ernst: Into the Wild - Yellowstone in Winter

Tim Ernst, Arkansas wilderness photographer, will present a slide show of his photos taken during a 2007 trip to Yellowstone National Park. He spent a frigid week braving the ice and snow and wolves for what he describes as a photographic trip of a lifetime. Tim will sell and sign his books after the event. Seating is limited; registration required. Registration starts March 10; call 417-882-0714. For all ages in the auditorium.

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

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Primitive Skills: Useful Plant Hike

Plants have always been important to humans for food, medicine and other purposes. Volunteer Specialist Don Brink will explore the folklore and modern uses of several Missouri plants during this "Call of the Wild" program. Registrations required and begins March 15; call 417-888-4237. For age 15 and older.

Event Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Sun, Apr 6, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Library Center

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Fair Grove Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Republic Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults.

Event Location: Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey Ave., Republic, MO 65738

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Dog Stars" Book Discussion at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller. For adults in the upstairs meeting room.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO 65802

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Come. Sit. Stay. An Evening with Bruce Cameron

From "A Dog's Purpose" to "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," W. Bruce Cameron brings best-selling humor to the world of dogs, dads and teenage daughters. Bruce will sell and sign books after the event. For all ages in the auditorium.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Northview Center

Join us for a library-sponsored discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults ages 55 and older. No registration necessary.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"Balto" Movie Matinee

Enjoy a matinee, treats and activities as we cheer on "Balto," rated G. An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska. For all ages in the upstairs meeting room.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO 65802

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Crafts for Dogs

Do you love dogs? Drop in and make crafts for your furry friends and watch "Snow Dogs," rated PG. Materials will be provided. For grades K-5 in the Story Hour Room.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

'Tween Town: Survival of the Fittest at the Library Station

Can you survive without 21st century technology such as electricity and computers? Without the necessary tools and materials that will make or break you in the wilderness? Find out how good your survival skills are at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! For grades 4-8 in the Story Hour Room.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Teen Friday Nights: Survival of the Fittest at the Library Station

Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and home your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! For grades 6-12 in the Santa Fe Room.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Reading Pals - Big Read Style at the Library Center

Visit and read to canine friends from Pet Therapy of the Ozarks. Enjoy crafts and stories from "The Puppy Place" series. Materials will be provided. For grades K-5 in the Story Hour Room.

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

Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Basic Herbal First Aid

Did you know there's a medicine kit in your backyard? Learn how to make and safely use common herbal first aid remedies from Library staff member Gina Marie Walden and take a small sample home with you. Registration starts March 17; call 417-862-0135. For adults in the upstairs meeting room.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO 65803

Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Ash Grove Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults.

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

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Jack London's Alaska: The Historical Geography of "The Call of the Wild"

Learn about the geographic setting of "The Call of the Wild," followed by a closer look at the historical geography of the Gold Rush as a backdrop for London's work. Presented by Dr. Judy Meyer, Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University. For adults.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild with Ralph Duren

People across the nation know that retired Missouri Conservation Department employee Ralph Duren can call turkeys, he's a national champion. However, he can imitate nearly 75 other kinds of wildlife including songbirds, amphibians, and mammals. Celebrate the diversity of wildlife in Missouri during this "Call of the Wild" program as you listen to Ralph mimic and talk about the animals he knows so well. Registration required; call 417-888-4237. For all ages.

Event Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center , 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Big Read Trivia Night: Intellectual Dogfight Edition

Enjoy all of the glory and none of the savagery as you test your knowledge of literary and Jack London-related trivia with other teams of 2-6 during this year's Big Read Trivia Night at Patton Alley Pub. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. For adults age 21 and older.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Klondike Strike!

Learn about rocks and minerals from a geologist with the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, then relive the Gold Rush days as we pan for gold, make poke bags to keep your treasures in, play rolling hoops and more. Materials will be provided. Registration starts April 11; call 417-883-1974. For grades 3-5.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Make Your Own Dog Treats with Becca's Barkery

Learn how to prepare delicious, nutritious treats for your dog from Becca Essenburg Kalch, Becca's Barkery, and take home some free samples for your four-legged friends. For adults.

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

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Dog Tales Storytime

Love dogs? Join us for a storytime all about dogs and puppies. We'll even have a special therapy dog from Kindred Spirits Pet Therapy. Its handler will tell us what therapy dogs do and how they get this important job. Kids and caregivers will have the opportunity to pet and read to the therapy dog. For grades K-5.

Event Location: Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard, MO 65781

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Gold Rush" Movie at the Moxie

Enjoy Charles Chaplin's classic 1925 movie production of "The Gold Rush" where the Tramp goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. For all ages. Admission is free.

Event Location: The Moxie, 305 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Sun, Apr 20, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Wilderness Survival Skills with Larry Maggard

Have you got what it takes to survive in the great outdoors? Learn survival skills such as making a fire, creating a shelter and constructing basic tools from Missouri Master Naturalist, Larry Maggard. For adults.

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

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Brentwood Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults.

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

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Survival of the Fittest at the Midtown Carnegie Branch

Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! For grades 6-12.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO 65802

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Survival of the Fittest at the Library Center

Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! For grades 6-12.

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

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Jack London's Unforgettable Adventure: The Literary Influence of "The Call of the Wild"

With "The Call of the Wild," Jack London created a classic, unforgettable adventure that can be appreciated by readers of all ages. Learn more about its lasting literary influence from Dr. Joel D. Chaston, Distinguished Professor of English at Missouri State University. For adults in the auditorium.

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

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion with the Downtown Book Club

The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at Mother's Brewing Company. Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read selection, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults age 21 and older.

Event Location: Mother's Brewing Company Tasting Room, 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO 65806

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Local Hikes with Mike

No one knows the Ozarks wilds like Mike Mihalik. He's led countless hikes in the area and explored trails of all difficulty levels as a master naturalist and longtime volunteer with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Learn about some of the best hikes in the area for family-friendly day trips or adventurous excursions. For adults.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO 65802

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Library Station

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults in the Santa Fe Room.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Survival of the Fittest at the Willard Branch Library

Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! For grades 7-12.

Event Location: Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard, MO 65781

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Conservation Kids' Club: Spring Symphony

Sweet-sounding bird songs fill the forests and fields with music and tell us that spring has arrived, but birds aren't just "whistlin' Dixie," their songs have purpose and meaning. Learn the lyrics to their melodies and find out what the singing means during this "Call of the Wild" program. Dress for an outdoor hike. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration required, call 417-888-4237. For grades 1-6.

Event Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Keynote Speaker: "Call of the Wild: An Evening with Military Survivalist and Adventurer Cade Courtley"

Loyalty, perseverance, survival of the fittest. The same themes that Jack London brings to "The Call of the Wild" personify the career of Cade Courtley, former Navy SEAL, survivalist and author of "SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster." For all ages.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Tales on the Trail

Enjoy the wild outdoors! Bring the whole family to the Willard Branch Library for nature-inspired stories and songs, followed by a 2-mile round-trip nature walk along the Frisco Highline Trail beginning at 10:30 a.m. On the trail, enjoy a seek-and-find scavenger hunt and a special treat provided by Sisters in Thyme at the walk's halfway point. You can finish off the morning with a make-and-take craft at the branch. Presented in partnership with Willard Parks and Recreation. For all ages.

Event Location: Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard, MO 65781

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Walk-in Weekend Theater for Kids: "Balto" Movie Marathon

Celebrate the Big Read with a "Balto" movie marathon at the Library! 11 a.m. "Balto," rated G; 12:30 p.m. "Balto II: Wolf Quest," rated G; 2 p.m. "Balto III: Wings of Change," rated G. For all ages.

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

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Walk-in Weekend Theater: "Dances with Wolves"

Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Dances with Wolves," rated PG-13. For grade 7 and older.

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

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Bird Chorus

Spring migrants are arriving in Missouri and making their presence known with their appearance and songs. Some are just passing through on their trek to nesting grounds further north, while some are here for the season. Learn to identify these birds through sight and song during this indoor and outdoor "Call of the Wild" program with our friends at the Nature Center. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required and begins April 1; call 417-888-4237. For grade 1 and older.

Event Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

On the Appalachian Trail with Marcus Ross

The Appalachian Trail: 2,220 miles of the most beautiful--and dangerous--wilderness in the country. In 2013, Marcus Ross set off with a 25-pound pack and hiked from the trail's start in Georgia to its endpoint in Maine. Ross will lead us down the trail with him through photographs and stories, all from the comfort of the Library. For adults.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO 65802

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Call of the Wild

Get involved with the Big Read!
Learn More

printfooter-logos
© Arts Midwest