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Events for: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Open-Notebook Dance Workshop

A Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer who fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapple with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences, Tania Isaac's exploration of creative method “Open-Notebook” turns a room into a laboratory of performance investigation. This 4-week workshop offers the opportunity to look at Their Eyes Were Watching God as source material and model for creating performance. Participants interweave their narratives with Hurston’s to create small performances of movement, theater and/or voice. The installation space will house notes, questions, interviews, and responses. Participants meet once per week, but the installation is open each day to the public and their comments and responses are folded in. Final presentation will document the passage from the original text to its final re-interpretation in performance.

Event Location: Drexel University | Van Rensselaer Hall, 3320 Powelton Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Community: Writers Room

Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God

To Kill a Mockingbird

Flash Fiction Contest: It's Not Fair!

1,000 words or less. Middle school, high school and adult winners! Get details at WaukeshaReads.org or by calling 262-524-3682. Deadline for entry is October 7!

Event Location: Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI, 53186

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Community: Waukesha Public Library

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

In the Time of the Butterflies

Community Maps

Share your family's history by pinpointing your country of origin on the map.

Event Location: Tustin Library, 345 E. Main Street, Tustin, CA, 92780

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Community: Orange County Public Library

Book: In the Time of the Butterflies

Love Medicine

Not Vanishing: Contemporary Native American Art, 1977-2015

Included in this exhibition are works by over 17 established and emerging northwest indigenous artists who track the evolution of the Contemporary Native American Arts Movement.

Event Location: Missoula Art Museum, 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT, 59802

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

Love Medicine

Photographing a Culture: Portraits of Native Americans

These photographs on display in MPL's lobby are from local Missoula collections of Native Americans from around the United States. While many are nameless, their faces shed light on their lives. Exhibit courtesy of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Event Location: Missoula Public Library, 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT, 59802-4735

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

Love Medicine

Love, Heartache, Drama and the Objects that Get Stuck In-between

A display of family heirlooms on loan from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Event Location: Missoula Public Library, 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT, 59802-4735

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

The Joy Luck Club

Celebrate China Storytime

This NEA Big Read/Little Read storytime will feature Chinese food, fireworks, and dragons!

Event Location: Quincy Public Library, 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL, 62301

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 10:15am – 11:15am

Community: Quincy Public Library

Book: The Joy Luck Club

Into the Beautiful North

Society for Learning Unlimited Book Discussion

Join us in a discussion of the book, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Event Location: First Congregational Church, 801 Bushnell St., Beloit, WI, 53511

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Community: Beloit Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

True Grit

Poetry Contest

Let True Grit inspire you to give us your very best in poetry writing! The theme: the Old West. You know: horses and cowboys, outlaws and lawmen, mountain men, Native Americans, buffalo hunting, cattle drives……that’s just to get you started! Now set yourself down and write us a poem! Prizes: Teen category: 13 – 18 years (first place: one $50 cash card second place: one $25 cash card) Adult category: 19 years and over (first place: one $50 cash card second place: one $25 cash card) One entry per person. First 300 entries accepted. Paper entry forms available at Mead Public Library, or use the link at our web site: meadpl.org. Entries accepted from 6:30 p.m., Friday, 9/16 through 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 10/15. Winners announced at The NEA Big Read finale on 10/28. Entrants do not have to be present to win. All judging done by Karl Elder, author, poet, and Jacob and Lucille Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at Lakeland College

Event Location: Mead Public Library, 710 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI, 53081-4563

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Mead Public Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

The Little Read:The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit

Enjoy "The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit" byJohn Carter Cash Throughout the program, during Art Center service hours

Event Location: John Michael Kohler Art Center, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI, 53081

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Mead Public Library

Book: True Grit

Love Medicine

"Love Medicine" Display at Mansfield Library

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will feature a display of the 2016 Big Read and Griz Read, "Love Medicine" by Louise Erdrich in the library lobby starting September 15, 2016. The purpose of the Griz Read experience is to provide new students with a common connection through a thought-provoking book.

Event Location: Mansfield Library, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59812

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

The Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild Cover Art Contest Davison

Patrons create original artwork for a Call of the Wild book cover and submit it for display in the Davison Library where patrons and staff can vote for their favorite. Winners will receive a gift card for a local craft supply store.

Event Location: Davison Library, 203 E. Fourth St., Davison, MI, 48423

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Genesee District Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild Cover Art Contest Grand Blanc

Patrons create original artwork for a Call of the Wild book cover and submit it for display in the Grand Blanc Library where patrons and staff can vote for their favorite. Winners will receive a gift card for a local craft supply store.

Event Location: Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd. , Grand Blanc, MI, 48439

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Genesee District Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

Love Medicine

Trapper Peak Flavor of the Month

MPL's coffee shoppe, Trapper Peak, will feature a special brew for The Big Read. Stop by anytime during Big Read month a try A Lotta Love Latte, pumpkin latte with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Event Location: Missoula Public Library, 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT, 59802-4735

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

Love Medicine

Storywalk in MPL's Garden

Take a self-guided reading tour of Caron Lee Cohen's picture book "The Mud Pony" as you walk through MPL's garden.

Event Location: Missoula Public Library, 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT, 59802-4735

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

The Joy Luck Club

Yixing Teapots from the Howard Kuo Collection

100 Chinese teapots will be on display at Quincy Art Center's Jack W. Boge Memorial Library and Conference Room. All the teapots have been collected from different parts of China. The Collection is predominantly composed of traditional teapots made from clay produced near Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. Most of the teapots can fit in the palm of your hand.

Event Location: Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL, 62301

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Quincy Public Library

Book: The Joy Luck Club

A Wizard of Earthsea

Book Discussion about Favorite Coming-Of-Age Stories and A Wizard of Earthsea

Bring a lunch and share your favorite coming-of-age novel or movie and why you remember it so vividly.

Event Location: The Capitol Building, Room 137, 1301 East Sixth Ave, Helena, MT, 59601

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Community: Lewis & Clark Library

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

NEA Big Read Bookmarks

Make a beautiful bookmark out of one of our templates! We'll exhibit them at the Lewis & Clark Library Helena Branch during the NEA Big Read.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT, 59601

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Lewis & Clark Library

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

NEA Big Read Bingo

Grab a NEA Big Read Bingo card and come to events, read the book and more to get entered to win a fabulous prize donated by the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT, 59601

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Lewis & Clark Library

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Make n' Take Crafts

Use your imagination and create magical things from basic elements, just like Ged in "A Wizard of Earthsea." From pipe cleaner dragons to wands to zines, we'll provide some materials and the rest is up to you!

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library Helena Branch, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT, 59601

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Lewis & Clark Library

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Lesson Before Dying

Grant County "A Lesson Before Dying" Photography Competition

Grant County residents will be creating art based on the three themes found in A Lesson Before Dying: Injustice, Facing Responsibility, and Redemption.

Event Location: Grant County Public Library , 201 Barnes Rd, Williamstown, KY, 41097

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Community: Gateway Community and Technical College

Book: A Lesson Before Dying

Love Medicine

"Love Medicine" Walking Book Discussion for Adults

Fuel up with A Lotta Love Latte from Trapper Peak Coffee for Missoula Public Library’s first walking book discussion along the Clark Fork River. The topic is "Love Medicine," Chapter 8: Flesh & Blood.

Event Location: Missoula Public Library, 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT, 59802-4735

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Community: Missoula Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

A Wizard of Earthsea

Book Discussion "A Wizard of Earthsea"

Teens in grades 6-12. Read and talk about Ged and his quest in Earthsea. Call 227-5750 for more information.

Event Location: East Helena Branch , 16 Main St, East Helena, MT, 59635

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Community: Lewis & Clark Library

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Maltese Falcon

The Big Read for Little Readers - OutLOUD

Staten Island OutLOUD hosts its special program for very young readers, Paws & Read OutLOUD for Kidz. Children ages 5-10 can practice their skills & have fun reading aloud to a gentle, licensed therapy dog. Their younger siblings can just sit back & enjoy being read to. For the special Big Read for Little Readers OutLOUD event, we'll focus on age-appropriate adaptations of "The Maltese Falcon", including "The Malted Falcon", stories about falcons, and other fun surprises. Children must be accompanied by a parent or by an adult caregiver.

Event Location: Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave, Staten Island, NY, 10306

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Staten Island OutLOUD

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Sweet Thursday: “The Mexico We Left Behind” with Claudia Melendez

Sweet Thursday: “The Mexico We Left Behind” Claudia Melendez, author of A Fighting Chance and journalist at the Monterey Herald, leads a discussion of Sun, Stone, and Shadows.

Event Location: National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas, CA, 93901-3436

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Community: National Steinbeck Center

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

The Call of the Wild

Michigan Wolves - Past, Present and Future

Michigan wolf expert Dorothy McLeer, of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, will discuss how our wolf population has recovered after being persecuted and exterminated, and the ongoing debate over the future of these amazing predators. She will compare and contrast the wolf population during the Klondike Gold Rush and now. She will also discuss wolf behavior as it pertains to Jack London's Call of the Wild.

Event Location: Fenton-Winegarden Library, 200 E Caroline St., Fenton, MI, 48430

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Genesee District Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Actor/Scholar Michael Oakes as Author Jack London

In this dynamic portrayal actor and scholar Michael Oakes, of Live Oakes Educational Theater in California, tells the greatest story Jack London ever wrote; his own life. He will focus on London's experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush, and on the writing of his book, Call of the Wild. Oakes will bring history alive by engaging the audience in dialogue, discussion and debate with Jack London.

Event Location: Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd., Grand Blanc, MI, 48439

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Genesee District Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

Into the Beautiful North

NEA Big Read-Stateline presents "The Magnificent Seven"

See "The Magnificent Seven," old school! Join in the NEA Big Read-Stateline celebration by attending this free showing of the 1960 film at Beloit Public Library. Join Don Ferguson in a discussion about the film and how it is related to the book, "Into the Beautiful North."

Event Location: Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, WI, 53511

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Community: Beloit Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Grapes of Wrath

Book Discussion: The Grapes of Wrath

Join in a discussion of this 1939 Pulitzer prize-winning novel about the story of one family's challenge to overcome the devastation of the Dust Bowl and see just how relevant the themes of this American classic are today. We will address questions such as "What leads peple to fear others who are displaced or impoverished?" and "If the land has ben called a major character in The Grapes of Wrath, what is its role and what does it "say" to use today?"

Event Location: Dunbarton Public Library, 1004 School Street, Dunbarton, NH

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Community: Fireseed Alliance

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

True Grit

Film Screening

Come see the 2010 version of True Grit featuring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon on the big screen!

Event Location: John Michael Kohler Art Center- Theatre, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI, 53081

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Mead Public Library

Book: True Grit

Into the Beautiful North

Valley Ranch Reads

The monthly book club will discuss Into the Beautiful North.

Event Location: Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, TX, 75063

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Irving Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Grapes of Wrath

Book Discussion: The Grapes of Wrath

Join in a discussion of this 1939 Pulitzer prize-winning novel about the story of one family's challenge to overcome the devastation of the Dust Bowl and see just how relevant the themes of this American classic are today. We will address questions such as "What leads peple to fear others who are displaced or impoverished?" and "If the land has ben called a major character in The Grapes of Wrath, what is its role and what does it "say" to use today?"

Event Location: Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Fireseed Alliance

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Wind, Fire and Rain: Greenville in the 1930s

Come learn about the severe weather in our part of New Hampshire in the 1930s and compare to what the characters in Steinbeck's novel endured. Presented by Marshall Buttrick of the Greenville Historical Society.

Event Location: Chamberlin Free Public Library, 46 Main Street, Greenville, NH

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Fireseed Alliance

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Painted Bride Quarterly Poetry Slam

Join us for a special version of Painted Bride Quarterly's slam at the legendary Pen & Pencil Club using Hurston’s language as prompts in our no-pressure writing improv game. Established in Philadelphia in 1973, PBQ is one of the country’s longest running literary magazines, with democratic editorial boards running in three major cities.

Event Location: Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Community: Writers Room

Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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