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Orlando, FL 32816

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

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In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida's Changing Landscape

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, inspired by John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and curated by UCF Assistant Professor of Art History, In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida’s Changing Landscape explores Florida’s demographic, geographic and ecological shifts over the last century. Working in photography, painting, printmaking, installation and textiles, the selected artists, including Cesar Cornejo, Mark Messersmith, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Noelle Mason, Peter Schreyer, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Emil Holzhauer, William Jenkins, Doris Leeper, J. André Smith, and the Lake Apopka farmworkers, provide immediate yet transcendental responses to Florida’s changing landscape and explore ideas ranging from agriculture and industrialization to migration and tourism to ecology and conservation. The UCF Art Gallery also will be the drop off location for the Big Read food drive (canned goods and other non-perishable food items).

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 – Fri, Mar 3, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Kick Off at the UCF Library

Join us in the foyer of the John C. Hitt Library on the campus of UCF to Kick-off the Big Read @ UCF 2017. Come by to pick up a schedule of events and copy of The Grapes of Wrath.

Event Location: University of Central Florida John Hitt C. LIbrary, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Opening Reception In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida’s Changing Landscape

Join us for a celebration of John Steinbeck's 115th birthday and the opening reception of “'In the Eyes of the Hungry': Florida’s Changing Landscape." Inspired by The Grapes of Wrath, this exhibition seeks to inspire and contribute to conversations about demographic, geographic, and environmental shifts, with an emphasis on human relationships with the landscape. The selected artists provide immediate yet transcendental responses to the environment that explore ideas such as conservation, migration, agriculture, poverty, homelessness, and local food security. Exhibiting artists include: Cesar Cornejo, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Mark Messersmith, Noelle Mason, Donald Martin, Carl Knickerbocker, Brooks Dierdorff, Arthur Rothstein, Carl Mydans, Marion Post Wolcott, and Gordon Parks. The UCF Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition will be at the UCF Art Gallery 2/27-3/3 and at the Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall 3/13-4/23.

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

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Curatorial Talk

Keri Watson is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida, and has curated the exhibition In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida’s Changing Landscape, which will open at the University of Central Florida Art Gallery on February 27, 2017.

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12400 Aquarius Agora Dr., Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Lecture “Environmental Concerns and the Little Econ”

Dr. John Fauth, Associate Professor of Biology at UCF and expert in ecology, evolution, conservation and restoration biology, and herpetology, will give a talk on environmental issues effecting the Econ River. Pick up your complementary copy of The Grapes of Wrath at the talk.

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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Artist Talk: Cesar Cornejo

Cesar Cornejo, Associate Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at the University of South Florida and Creative Capital Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Sculpture Space-grantee will discuss his artistic practice.

Event Location: University of Central Florida Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

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Lecture and Book Signing: Dale Slongwhite, Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food

Dale Slongwhite will discuss her book, Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food, which presents oral histories of African American farmworkers whose lives were forever altered by one of the most disturbing pesticide exposure incidents in United States’ history.

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: SCPL East Branch Library, 310 Division Street, Oviedo, FL 32765

Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: SCPL West Branch Library , 245 N. Hunt Club Boulevard, Longwood, FL 32779

Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Lecture and Book Signing Cindy Hahamovitch, "The Fruits of Their Labor"

Dr. Cindy Hahamovitch, Professor of History at the University of Georgia and author of The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 and No Man's Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor will discuss her award-winning book The Fruits of Their Labor. A panel discussion and reception hosted by Scot French, Director of Public History at UCF, and featuring Connie Lester, Director of RICHES, and Robert Cassanello, Associate Professor of History, will follow Dr. Hahamovitch’s lecture.

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Key Note Lecture: Susan Shillinglaw, “The Legacy of Steinbeck”

Susan Shillinglaw, Professor of English at San Jose State University, Director of the National Steinbeck Center, and author of Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage, On Reading The Grapes of Wrath, and A Journey into Steinbeck's California, will discuss Steinbeck and the legacy of The Grapes of Wrath.

Event Location: UCF Art Gallery, 12421 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Fri, Mar 3, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: SCPL Central Branch Library, 215 N. Oxford Road, Casselberry, FL 32707

Date: Tue, Mar 7, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Big Read Program for School Age Kids

Seminole County Public Library will have a Farming Fun themed program for each of our Library Explorers Clubs. Kids will explore the science of farming, participate in a hands-on activity, enjoy a puppet show, and learn about what caused the Dust Bowl. Library Explorers Clubs are free and open to all K-5th graders. Parents welcome, but not required. Children do not need to have attended previous clubs.

Event Location: SCPL West Branch Library, 245 N. Hunt Club Boulevard, Longwood, FL 32779

Date: Wed, Mar 8, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: SCPL North Branch Library , 150 N. Palmetto Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

Date: Wed, Mar 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Big Read Program for School Age Kids

Seminole County Public Library will have a Farming Fun themed program for each of our Library Explorers Clubs. Kids will explore the science of farming, participate in a hands-on activity, enjoy a puppet show, and learn about what caused the Dust Bowl. Library Explorers Clubs are free and open to all K-5th graders. Parents welcome, but not required. Children do not need to have attended previous clubs.

Event Location: SCPL Northwest Branch Library , 580 Green Way Boulevard, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Date: Thu, Mar 9, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida's Changing Landscape

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, inspired by John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and curated by UCF Assistant Professor of Art History, In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida’s Changing Landscape explores Florida’s demographic, geographic and ecological shifts over the last century. Working in photography, painting, printmaking, installation and textiles, the selected artists, including Cesar Cornejo, Mark Messersmith, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Noelle Mason, Peter Schreyer, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Emil Holzhauer, William Jenkins, Doris Leeper, J. André Smith, and the Lake Apopka farmworkers, provide immediate yet transcendental responses to Florida’s changing landscape and explore ideas ranging from agriculture and industrialization to migration and tourism to ecology and conservation. The UCF Art Gallery also will be the drop off location for the Big Read food drive (canned goods and other non-perishable food items).

Event Location: Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall, 400 S Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 – Fri, Mar 17, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 18, 2017 – Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 – Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2017 – Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 – Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 – Sun, Apr 2, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 – Fri, Apr 7, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 – Sun, Apr 9, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 – Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 15, 2017 – Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 – Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 – Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Big Read Program for School Age Kids

Seminole County Public Library will have a Farming Fun themed program for each of our Library Explorers Clubs. Kids will explore the science of farming, participate in a hands-on activity, enjoy a puppet show, and learn about what caused the Dust Bowl. Library Explorers Clubs are free and open to all K-5th graders. Parents welcome, but not required. Children do not need to have attended previous clubs.

Event Location: SCPL North Branch Library , 150 N. Palmetto Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: East Branch Library, 310 Division Street, Oviedo, FL 32765

Date: Tue, Mar 14, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Big Read Program for School Age Kids

Seminole County Public Library will have a Farming Fun themed program for each of our Library Explorers Clubs. Kids will explore the science of farming, participate in a hands-on activity, enjoy a puppet show, and learn about what caused the Dust Bowl. Library Explorers Clubs are free and open to all K-5th graders. Parents welcome, but not required. Children do not need to have attended previous clubs.

Event Location: SCPL Central Branch Library , 215 N. Oxford Road, Casselberry, FL 32707

Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Food for Thoughts Teen Book Club

Library teens are being challenged to read a young adult fiction book with the theme of poverty, hunger, or homelessness. The Friends of the Library are donating funds to the SCPS Families in Need, as the teens meet the challenge. At Level One, a teen who reads a novel, and participates in one of the Food for Thoughts Teen Book Clubs will raise a $10 donation; at Level Two, a teen who reads and participates in the book club, and in addition to that, brings and shares an original creative piece (poetry, prose, visual art or video) will raise a $15 donation. We anticipate the teens in the combined five branches to raise nearly $1500.00! For more information, call 407.665.1620.

Event Location: North Branch Library, 150 N. Palmetto Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: SCPL West Branch Library, 245 N. Hunt Club Boulevard, Longwood, FL 32779

Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Film Screening: Harvest of Shame

Join Lisa Mills, Associate Professor of Film at the University of Central Florida, for a discussion of Harvest of Shame, the 1960 television documentary presented by Edward R. Murrow. Harvest of Shame showed the plight of American migrant agricultural workers and was "the first time millions of Americans were given a close look at what it means to live in poverty" by their televisions.

Event Location: University of Central Florida, John C. Hitt Library room 223, Orlando, FL 32816

Date: Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Book Club

Seminole County Public Library book clubs will read The Grapes of Wrath beginning in February. The clubs will host discussions that are open to the public.

Event Location: SCPL Northwest Branch Library, 580 Green Way Boulevard, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Date: Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

SCPL Big Read Program for School Age Kids

Seminole County Public Library will have a Farming Fun themed program for each of our Library Explorers Clubs. Kids will explore the science of farming, participate in a hands-on activity, enjoy a puppet show, and learn about what caused the Dust Bowl. Library Explorers Clubs are free and open to all K-5th graders. Parents welcome, but not required. Children do not need to have attended previous clubs.

Event Location: SCPL East Branch Library , 310 Division Street, Oviedo, FL 32765

Date: Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Artist Talk: Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco, Professor and Banks Preeminent Chair in Art at the University of Florida, is a Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995), The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003), A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008), and Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015). Recipient of the 2016 Greenfield Prize in Visual Art, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Fusco’s work explores the relationship between women and society, war, politics, and race. Fusco will screen her latest film followed by Q+A.

Event Location: Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Date: Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Oklahoma!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma! Part of UCF Celebrates the Arts; for ticketing information visit http://arts.cah.ucf.edu/

Event Location: Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Date: Fri, Apr 7, 2017
Time: 8:00pm – 10:30pm

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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Puddin' and the Grumble

Presented by Theatre UCF in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Book and Lyrics by Becky Boesen Music by David von Kampen Puddin’ has a secret and if she doesn’t do something fast, it may just eat her alive! To make matters worse, her mom is sending her away, she has to start a new school, and soon she’ll be stuck living with her crazy, ex-lounge singing, yoga-loving grandma. Can things get any worse? Or maybe…just maybe, they’re about to get better. Featuring an uplifting score that includes everything rap to soaring Broadway-style melodies, Puddin’ and the Grumble is a family musical that fearlessly tackles childhood hunger in our own community! Part of UCF Celebrates the Arts; for ticketing information visit: http://arts.cah.ucf.edu/

Event Location: Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

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A Reading of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

With a cast over thirty UCF guest artists, faculty, staff, alumni, and students, the School of Performing Arts is proud to present a reading of Frank Galati’s 1990 Tony Award winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to all. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Despite the anguish and suffering that it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence, a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit and of the essential goodness and strength that—then as now—reside in the hearts and minds of the “common man,” throughout the world. Part of UCF Celebrates the Arts...visit http://arts.cah.ucf.edu/ for ticketing information

Event Location: DeVos Family Room, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

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The Games of Wrath

The Games of Wrath, part of the Digital Media Showcase, features narrative-based games and digital novels inspired by The Grapes of Wrath and accompanying discussions surrounding environmentalism, modernization, and the shifting landscapes and identities of America. These individually-developed student works explore the future of literary expression through play. This event is part of UCF Celebrates the Arts; for ticketing information visit: http://arts.cah.ucf.edu/

Event Location: DeVos Family Room, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Date: Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Food for Thoughts Teen Book Club

Library teens are being challenged to read a young adult fiction book with the theme of poverty, hunger, or homelessness. The Friends of the Library are donating funds to the SCPS Families in Need, as the teens meet the challenge. At Level One, a teen who reads a novel, and participates in one of the Food for Thoughts Teen Book Clubs will raise a $10 donation; at Level Two, a teen who reads and participates in the book club, and in addition to that, brings and shares an original creative piece (poetry, prose, visual art or video) will raise a $15 donation. We anticipate the teens in the combined five branches to raise nearly $1500.00! For more information, call 407.665.1560.

Event Location: East Branch Library, 310 Division Street, Oviedo, FL 32765

Date: Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Food for Thoughts Teen Book Club

Library teens are being challenged to read a young adult fiction book with the theme of poverty, hunger, or homelessness. The Friends of the Library are donating funds to the SCPS Families in Need, as the teens meet the challenge. At Level One, a teen who reads a novel, and participates in one of the Food for Thoughts Teen Book Clubs will raise a $10 donation; at Level Two, a teen who reads and participates in the book club, and in addition to that, brings and shares an original creative piece (poetry, prose, visual art or video) will raise a $15 donation. We anticipate the teens in the combined five branches to raise nearly $1500.00! For more information, call 407.665.1640.

Event Location: Northwest Branch Library , 580 Green Way Boulevard, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Food for Thoughts Teen Book Club

Library teens are being challenged to read a young adult fiction book with the theme of poverty, hunger, or homelessness. The Friends of the Library are donating funds to the SCPS Families in Need, as the teens meet the challenge. At Level One, a teen who reads a novel, and participates in one of the Food for Thoughts Teen Book Clubs will raise a $10 donation; at Level Two, a teen who reads and participates in the book club, and in addition to that, brings and shares an original creative piece (poetry, prose, visual art or video) will raise a $15 donation. We anticipate the teens in the combined five branches to raise nearly $1500.00! For more information, call 407.665.1670.

Event Location: West Branch Library, 245 N. Hunt Club Boulevard, Longwood, FL 32779

Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Food for Thoughts Teen Book

Library teens are being challenged to read a young adult fiction book with the theme of poverty, hunger, or homelessness. The Friends of the Library are donating funds to the SCPS Families in Need, as the teens meet the challenge. At Level One, a teen who reads a novel, and participates in one of the Food for Thoughts Teen Book Clubs will raise a $10 donation; at Level Two, a teen who reads and participates in the book club, and in addition to that, brings and shares an original creative piece (poetry, prose, visual art or video) will raise a $15 donation. We anticipate the teens in the combined five branches to raise nearly $1500.00! For more information, call 407.665.1500.

Event Location: Central Branch Library, 215 North Oxford Road, Casselberry, FL 32707

Date: Tue, May 2, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

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