National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Cross Plains Public Library


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149 N. Main Street
Cross Plains, TX 76443

Tel: 254/725-7722
Fax: 254/725-6629
http://www.crossplainslibrary.com

True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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"True Grit" Book-to-Movie @ Coleman (starring John Wayne)

Join us for a viewing of the old version of "True Grit" (starring John Wayne) followed by a discussion of the book vs. the movie. Pick up your FREE copy of the book at the library.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Avenue, Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience True Grit" Kick-off Event In Coleman

Our partners in Coleman will kick-off their celebration in the Library Community Room with Mayor Kay Joffrion reading the proclamation of "Experience True Grit" for The Big Read. This is followed by a "True Grit(s)Bar," courtesy of the Friends of the Library. For only $5, you can enjoy a sampling of toppings for your grits from "just plain to red-eye gravy!" Friends of the Library will cook the grits and furnish a variety of toppings for your enjoyment. The Friends will have a fundraising "True Grit Western Basket" on display. This basket has over $400 in certificates and gifts and tickets are just $6 each or 6 for $25.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commerical Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Book: True Grit

"Experience True Grit" Trivia

"Like" us to receive our daily Facebook trivia. Each day will boast a featured book on display in the library (and available for checkout), focus on a person who exhibit(ed) "true grit," feature quotes regarding "grit," and list that day's event. Sponsored by our friends at 'Tween Peaks.

Event Location: Facebook, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 – Sat, Apr 12, 2014

Book: True Grit

"Got Grit?" Writing Contest

All ages are invited to enter our writing contest. Compositions must be between 5-7 paragraphs and about people, real or fictitious, that exhibit the characteristic of "true grit." Deadline is Thursday, March 27, and winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Street Dance Bonanza on April 12th. Stop by the library for an entry form or download from our Facebook page. Sponsored by our friends at Rock Chalk Ranch.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 – Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Round Roadrunner

Is all this talk about "True Grit" inspiring you to write? Well, get those creative pens ready and join us! Our Facebook page features a "Round-Robin" style story that you can help write. Only the imaginations of the writers know where it will take us. Here's how it works: We have written the opening paragraph to a gritty tale; go to our page and add your ideas in 3-5 paragraphs... and so on, until the final paragraph is written on March 27th. The final story will be printed out and copies given to all participants. Sponsored by our friends at KASLE Energy, Inc.

Event Location: Facebook, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 – Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience True Grit" Kick-Off Event

Mayor Ray Purvis will proclaim the next 6 weeks as a celebration of "Experience True Grit." An unveiling will follow of an original framed poster from the 2010 production of "True Grit," autographed by producers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and Carter Burwell, soundtrack scorer. Then, everyone is invited to peruse our special selection of books about famous Texans who exhibit(ed) "true grit". Both the poster and the books will be on display until "Experience True Grit" concludes on April 12.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience True Grit" T-shirt Design Contest

In preparation for our 6-week celebration of The Big Read, a T-shirt design contest open to all ages was held in February. The winning artwork will be unveiled today with the winner's name added to the design before printing. T-shirts will be given away to participants during our celebration.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Breakfast with Kiwanis

Join the Kiwanis for breakfast and then learn about The Big Read and the choice of "True Grit" as the book to study.

Event Location: Jean's Feed Barn, 349 W. SH 36, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014
Time: 7:00am – 8:00am

Book: True Grit

Gritty Puzzles

Each Tuesday, stop by the library and pick up a new puzzle to challenge your knowledge. Bring completed entries to the library by Thursday, April 3. Correct entries will be entered in a drawing for 2 movie passes.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Nitty Gritty Dirt Gardening

The Cross Plains Garden Club will present our ASAP (After School Adventure Program). Members will teach the basics of gardening and assist each child in preparing and planting their own seedlings. Children will be instructed on how to care and manage the plants they get to take home.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Gritty" Preschoolers

Coleman pre-schoolers will attend a special storytime to discuss what 'true grit' means, with examples of books that epitomize this characteristic.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

John Wayne Movie Marathon

Saddle up a comfy chair and "burn daylight" at the Senior Citizens' Center with popcorn and drinks as we watch John Wayne movies until the sun sets.

Event Location: Cross Plains Senior Citizens' Center, 108 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wild West Friday Film Festivals

Each Friday in March, our partners in Coleman will show various westerns. On the 7th and 21st, western movies will be shown in the Community Room at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. On the 14th and 28th, "Girls with Grit" movies featuring strong female characters will be shown at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

The Nitty Gritty of Cooking

Abilene’s own Sharon Riley, renowned cook, restaurateur, and caterer, owner of Sharon's Barbeque, Sharon's Catering, and Lytle Land & Cattle will be our guest speaker at a luncheon featuring her new cookbook "Yum! Yum! An Abilene Tradition." Sharon will be sharing tips from her book and cooking Grilled Corn and Cheddar Quinoa. Our entire luncheon menu will have recipes from her book. There will be door prizes and a "Stylish Hat Contest" - popular vote will determine the winner of a copy of Sharon's cookbook. Cost is $12 and includes $5 off the purchase of her book. Tickets are on sale at the library through Feb. 28th.

Event Location: First United Methodist Church, 1000 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Kids' Corral

"Our Little Chicks... Early Learning" will have a special storytime with Sandra Stith in the Kids Corral. Children are encouraged to dress up in their western attire. Refreshments will be provided.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Date: Tue, Mar 25, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

"Experience Fine Art"

The Coleman Fine Arts League Club will be displaying Western paintings and photography by their members in the main building of the library. Stop in and enjoy their talents!

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave, Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Date: Wed, Mar 12, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 15, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience Our Texas Heritage... Places To Go, Things To See"

Margaret Hoogstra, Executive Director for Texas Forts Trails, will present a program featuring sites in Texas for tourists who enjoy the great outdoors and exploring the beauty of our state. Following her program, the Friends of the Library will host a gritty "des(s)ert social." For only $5, you can enjoy a variety of desserts provided by some of Coleman County's great cooks!

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience the True Grit of Tracey Brown"

Coleman's own Dr. Tracey Brown will have a book signing of her new book "Single Mom, PhD."

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave, Coleman, TX 76843

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Headstart Meets "True Grit"

Headstart students will visit the library to learn about "true grit" with storytime and examples of books that exhibit this characteristic.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

Book: True Grit

"Experience True Grit" with Meals-on-Wheels

Volunteer drivers will deliver books, reader guides, CDs, and bookmarks to "Meals-On-Wheels" recipients with their meals.

Event Location: Cross Plains Senior Citizens' Center, 108 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Hoedown with Larry Pointer

Join Larry Pointer for a knee-slappin', toe tappin' good time of western songs, tales and poems. Lunch begins with a chuckwagon menu of pulled pork sandwiches, pinto beans, coleslaw, and cornbread, followed by the antics of Larry for your dining enjoyment. Afterward, indulge in cake and ice cream as we celebrate the March birthdays of our senior citizens.

Event Location: Cross Plains Senior Citizens' Center, 108 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience Gritty Critters"

Coleman author Joyce Smith will have a book signing and discussion of her book called "Sally & Lil Ranch Critters," a story about the critters at her ranch in Coleman.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

Experience the True Grit of "The Worst Hard Time"

True Grit hits home with the tale of those who survived the 1935 dust bowl that hit the plains of the Midwest, including our state of Texas. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan "masterfully captures the story of our nation's greatest environmental disaster"(-Chicago Tribune) with his National Book Award Winner "The Worst Hard Time." Join us for a dutch-treat dinner and book discussion. Free copies of the book are available at the library.

Event Location: Jean's Feed Barn, 349 W. SH 36, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Experience the True Grit of Dean Smith

Wear your "western duds" and get in the spirit as we welcome Olympic gold-medalist and western movie stunt-double, Finis Dean Smith, as guest speaker at a fundraiser suitable for the entire family and featuring his book "Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen." The Texas native was an outstanding athlete, making "Look" magazine’s All American in the 100-yard dash. He won eight Southwest Conference titles and every major relay in the US, including the National Championships. At the 1952 summer Helsinki Olympics, he won gold with the American 4x100-meter relay team. Smith won amateur rodeo championships for bareback bronco riding and calf roping. He was introduced to actor James Garner, who helped Smith get into the movie business as a stuntman with leading men such as Dale Robertson and John Wayne in various Western movies, such as "The Alamo," "The Comancheros," "How The West Was Won," "McLintock!," and others. He also appeared in such Western TV shows as "Maverick," "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun Will Travel," and "Walker, Texas Ranger." Smith spends his retirement speaking about the western way, how to believe in one’s self, to live a clean life - "if you can dream those dreams you can make them come true." His goal is to give children a cowboy hero to look up to like his heroes - Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and Tom Mix - the ones he grew up with when he was a boy. Join us for this exciting event. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  Dessert and drinks will be served.

Event Location: First United Methodist Church, 1000 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Sun, Mar 23, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Experience the True Grit of Living History"

J.R. "Jack" Edmondson, historian, re-enactor, and author, will present a program in writings and living history. Edmondson views himself in the role of historian as a story teller.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Tue, Mar 25, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book-to-Movie (starring John Wayne)

Join us for a viewing of the old version of "True Grit" (starring John Wayne) in the library conference room beginning at 5:15 p.m. Following the movie, we will all meet at Jean's for a dutch-treat dinner and discussion of the book vs. the movie. Pick up your FREE copy of the book at the library.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library and Jean's Feed Barn, 149 N. Main St. and 349 W. SH 36, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit at the Cottonwood Musical

Mosey on up north a piece to Cottonwood for their monthly musical. Tonight’s dinner will feature John Wayne's favorite casserole along with sandwiches and desserts. Lots of western music to enjoy!

Event Location: Cottonwood Center, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book-to-Movie @ Coleman (starring Jeff Bridges)

Join us for a viewing of the new version of "True Grit" (starring Jeff Bridges), followed by a discussion of the book vs. the movie, led by Jessica Phillips. We will also reflect back on the old version of the movie, and compare the integrity of both movies to the book.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Avenue, Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Final Roundup in Coleman

Our partners at Coleman Public Library will conclude their celebration of "Experience True Grit" downtown with the Coleman Vision Group. The "True Grit" Book Club will meet for a brown bag lunch with movie and book discussion. Bring your lunch and the Friends of the Library will provides drinks and cookies. Door prizes will be given away, and the Friends will draw the winning ticket for the "True Grit Western Basket" valued at over $400.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave., Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Coloring Contest for Coleman Kids

All elementary students are eligible to enter our coloring contest. Winners will receive a T-shirt, movie tickets and gift certificate to Subway.

Event Location: Coleman Public Library, 402 S. Commercial Ave, Coleman, TX 76834

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

What Is "True Grit"?

Author Nancy Robinson Masters will be guest speaker at our April ASAP (After School Adventure Program). Nancy will feature characters in her books that exhibit "true grit" and help the children understand what characteristics contribute to that title.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N. Main Street, Cross Plains, TX 76443

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

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book-to-Movie (starring Jeff Bridges)

Join us for a viewing of the new version of "True Grit" (starring Jeff Bridges) in the library conference room beginning at 5:15 p.m. Following the movie, we will all meet at Jean's for a dutch-treat dinner and discussion of the book vs. the movie. We will also reflect back on the old version of the movie from last week, and compare the integrity of both movies to the book.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library and Jean's Feed Barn, 149 N. Main St. and 349 W. SH 36, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Experience the True Grit of Owen Turner

Drop by our book sale and pick up a bag of goodies for only $1. We have books, videos, and CDs in all genres for your enjoyment. All proceeds will benefit the Owen Turner Love Fund. Show your support for this 11-month-old as he puts up a gritty fight against cancer!

Event Location: Library Book Annex, on Hwy. 36 across from Lawrence Farm & Ranch Supply, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Experience the True Grit of Bethany Hamilton

Teens will enjoy the grit of teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton, who overcame the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. FREE copies of the book are available at the library. Pizza and drinks will be served during the movie, followed by a discussion of the "gritty" aspects of the character.

Event Location: Main Street Pool House and Surf Shop, 240 N. Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Experience the True Grit of Texas Women

The women of Beta Sigma Phi will have an informal chat about the upcoming events of "Experience True Grit," followed by a discussion of the character Mattie Ross and famous historic Texas women, including Jane Long, Susanna Dickinson, Dale Evans, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Lady Bird Johnson, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, and "bad girls" Belle Starr and Bonnie Parker.

Event Location: Wand Merryman's home, 9850 CR 406, Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Appreciation Brunch for our "Gritty" Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 6-12, and the Cross Plains Public Library will host a brunch to honor our "gritty" volunteers for 2013-2014. The library has been privileged to have 46 volunteers over the past year who gave at total of 3,789 hours of their time to the library. Many volunteered at the circulation desk each week, while others provided maintenance for the building and grounds, and others provided programs for Summer Reading, LAP/Lapsit, After School Adventure, Meet the Author, Book-to-Movie, and various other programs. The library board and staff are pleased to be able to show their appreciation to these dedicated folks.

Event Location: Cross Plains Public Library, 149 N Main St., Cross Plains, TX 76443

Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

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