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Events for: Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fahrenheit 451

Massillon Fire History Exhibition at Sippo Lake Park Exploration Gateway

Visit the Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center at the Exploration Gateway in Sippo Lake Park for this special exhibition as part of the 2014 The Big Read, celebrating Ray Bradbury's "Farhenheit 451." Opening March 10 through May 30, the exhibit showcases famous fires of Stark County's past from the Massillon Museum archives. The exhibit is available during regular Canalway hours. Admission is free. Visit www.starkparks.com for more information and Canalway Center hours.

Event Location: 5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH, 44708

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Community: Massillon Museum

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Family Poetry Craft or Activity

Family poetry craft or activity from 9 AM – 5 PM. Families can drop in and complete a craft or activity together that is related to the poetry of Emily Dickinson or poetry in general. Activities include Random word art poetry and a scavenger hunt. **All month long the James Prendergast Library will have a book sale. Children’s & teen books are $1. Adult hardcover books are $2, softcover books $1.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St, Jamestown, NY, 14701

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Housekeeping

Germantown: Guided Nature Walk

Join Linda Atkins from KEEP Conservation and Claudia Knab-Vispo, Botanist, Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for a guided nature walk at the Germantown KEEP Preserve on Route 8 at Orr Road in Germantown. Find out about the various plants and animals that inhabit the preserve, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards (weather permitting.)

Event Location: Germantown KEEP Preserve, Country Route 8, Germantown, NY, 12526

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Community: Bard College

Book: Housekeeping

True Grit

Gordon McConnell Art Exhibit

The Yellowstone County Museum will present the work of artist Gordon McConnell. The show opens on Friday, February 7 in association with The Big Read True Grit celebration and will be on display throughout the summer. McConnell draws inspiration and images for his paintings from classic western films such as Red River, Stagecoach, Rio Grande and others. Emblematic of vitality, fearlessness, and the austere self-reliance of the western matinee hero, McConnell’s paintings are often darkly nostalgic, haunted by the legacy of popular western imagery and the savage, sometimes tragic, aspects of human nature and history it portrays.

Event Location: Yellowstone County Museum, 1950 Terminal Circle, Billings, Montana, 59105

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: YMCA Writer's Voice

Book: True Grit

The Things They Carried

"War Stories" at the Government Center

This art exhibit at one of the largest art venues in Ventura County seeks to reflect what soldiers in all wars carry with them physically, mentally, and emotionally – during war, but also afterwards. Exhibit reception will be held on the closing day and serve as the closing ceremony for the Big Read. Sponsored by the Ventura County Arts Council and cruated by Moses Mora, this exhibit is free and open to the public.

Event Location: County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Ventura, CA, 93002-0099

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

Into the Beautiful North

Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Community: Santa Monica Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Things They Carried

Art Exhibit

Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) presents a group exhibit reflecting the themes from “The Things They Carried”

Event Location: E.P. Foster Library, 651 Main Street, Ventura, CA

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

The Namesake

The Colors of India: Traditional Sari Exhibit

From April 7-26 the Matthews Art Gallery will host an exhibit of Indian saris; the traditional female clothing from India. Mannikins will display customary dress and also the art and skill displayed within the fabrics of India. OPEN BUSINESS HOURS: Mon. - Saturdays, 10 am to 5pm Opening Night Reception The kick off for this exhibit will be on April 11, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Refreshments and cash bar will be available. This entire event is free and open to the public during gallery hours.

Event Location: 612 N Main St, Spearfish, SD, 57783-2445

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Book: The Namesake

The Great Gatsby

Women Artists at Arte Americas

Women Artists at Arte Americas. Exhibit exclusively of Women Artists in honor of Zelda Fitzgerald and Women’s History Month.

Event Location: Arte Americas Casa de Cultura, 1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA, 93721

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Namesake

Book Discussion

Book discussions will take place in several Miami Dade Public Library Branches throughout the city. Book discussion participants will receive copies of The Namesake along with the educational and promotional materials provided by the NEA.

Event Location: South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 ST, , Miami, Fl, 33189

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Community: The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC

Book: The Namesake

The Call of the Wild

Adoption Event

The Dearborn Animal Shelter has wonderful cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies available for adoption. They want them all to have loving homes, so they bring them to a location near you several times a month.

Event Location: Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter Pet Training Center, 2621 S. Telegraph (at Oxford, next to Pet Supplies Plus), Dearborn , MI, 48124

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: Dearborn Public Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Namesake

Exhibit of Traditional Indian Clothing

Enjoy an exhibit of traditional Indian clothing on display in the San Leandro Main Library atrium. The clothing can be seen during regular library operating hours. Visit www.sanleandrolibrary.org for hours.

Event Location: 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA, 94577-4706

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: The Namesake

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Gallery Exhibit: Beyond Reading

Susan McNally and Karen Fulk showcase their visual and written works of art that include the themes of surrealism and transcendence. McNally's work relies heavily on symbolism and portraiture, with art historical references to Frida Kahlo's work and accompanying poetry. Information about The Big Read will be displayed in the gallery, and books available for purchase by gallery visitors.

Event Location: 624 E Street, Marysville, CA, 95901-5503

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Housekeeping

Visual Art Exhibit: "Housekeeping"

The Art Students League of Denver will curate an exhibit of visual art created in response to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Artwork will be displayed at ASLD, Su Teatro, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop from March 21 to April 20. In preparation for creating a piece for this exhibit, ASLD will host a book discussion facilitated by Lighthouse Writers’ Creative Curator, Dan Manzanares. For more information and details on submission criteria, please visit www.asld.org.

Event Location: Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street, Denver, CO, 80203

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Community: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Book: Housekeeping

The Namesake

The Big Read in Boyle Heights

Stop by Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library, to pick up a copy of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri and join a community of book lovers in reading and discussing the book. Libros Schmibros Lending Library and Bookshop seeks to foster the literary and cultural life of Boyle Heights, a once majority-Jewish, now majority-Latino, neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded in 2010, Libros Schmibros offers low-or no-cost literature and literary events to Latinos, Jews, and everybody else east of the ocean. Working with local residents, artists, writers, readers, and public officials, Libros Schmibros is dedicated to both the exploration of literature and the study, questioning, celebration, and betterment of Southern California. Libros Schmibros works with residents, writers, and public officials as catalysts towards the greater revitalization of Boyle Heights and the enrichment of the literary life around greater Los Angeles. We advocate for the literary arts through public presentations, workshops, film series, museum exhibitions, reading groups, symposia, and conferences. For more information, please call 323.302.9408 or email: info@librosschmibros.org.

Event Location: Libros Schmibros, 1711 Mariachi Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

Reading Groups at Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library hosts reading groups of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri at various sites throughout Los Angeles, representing every region of the city. The library will distribute free related materials to supplement and enrich the reading experience, including Reader’s Guides, bookmarks, and a copy of the book. Select branch sites will also host viewings of the feature film and other related activities. For more information, including dates and times of the reading group at a respective library site, please visit: lapl.org. Participating library branches: Arroyo Seco 6145 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA, 90042 Atwater Village 3379 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90039 Baldwin Hills 2906 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90016 Brentwood – Donald Bruce Kaufman 11820 San Vicente Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90049 Central Library 630 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA, 90071 Durant 7140 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90046 Eagle Rock 5027 Caspar Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90041 Lake View Terrace 12002 Osborne Street Los Angeles, CA, 91342 Memorial 4625 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90019 Northridge 9051 Darby Avenue Northridge, CA, 91345 Palisades 861 Alma Real Drive Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 Palms – Rancho Park 2920 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90064 Studio City 12511 Moorpark Street Studio City, CA, 91604 Sunland – Tujunga 7771 Foothill Boulevard Tujunga, CA, 91042 Valley Plaza 12311 Vanowen Street North Hollywood, CA, 91605 Wilshire 149 North Saint Andrews Place Los Angeles, CA, 90004 Free

Event Location: select sites, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

Into the Beautiful North

The Latin American Film Series: "Magnificent Seven"

Enjoy a screening of the movie "Magnificent Seven" (1960). In this classic that inspires Nayeli's heroic quest in Into the Beautiful North, a ragtag group of cowboy mercenaries led by Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen is assembled to protect a small Mexican village from a gang of ruthless bandits. (128 min)

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Community: Santa Monica Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Laura Alvarez printmaking workshop and book giveaway

Artist Laura Alvarez leads a printmaking workshop and we will be giving away books while she does.

Event Location: Huntington Free Library, Bronx, NY, 10461

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Community: Bronx Council on the Arts

Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

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

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Namesake

Drop In Chess and Parcheesi

We've added Parcheesi to our monthly Chess Drop In. Parcheesi is a brand name American adaptation of the Indian Cross and Circle game Pachisi. We will have tables set up for players of all abilities, plus High School and Middle School volunteers. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Parcheesi and Chess sets will be provided.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA, 01867-2550

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Reading Public Library

Book: The Namesake

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Women in Creative Rebellion - an evening of poetry, workshops and an open mic

Women Bronx poets and activists provide workshops, performances and crafts vending opportunities. Book giveaway table.

Event Location: 2700 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10461

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Bronx Council on the Arts

Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Namesake

Song of India: A Celebration of Indian Culture

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (MSFV) presents an afternoon of Indian music, dance, and poetry at the romantic Rancho del Cordillera del Norte. Choose from a delightful variety of foods and adventures from an afternoon tea with spice cakes, to the voices of ancient manuscripts. As guests of MSFV, enjoy the North Valley sunset while experiencing an evening of Indian cultural performances. Rancho del Cordillera del Norte is an historic site at the southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur. Free parking is available at the venue. As an educational and cultural institution, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley acquires, displays, and preserves the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. With the help of residents, businesses, organizations, and societies, the Museum builds its collections of historical items, the fine arts, and the folk arts for the public to enjoy and for scholars to research. The Museum shares with the world what it means to be part and parcel of the great San Fernando Valley. Free and open to the public. Free and ample parking available on site. For more information, please call 818.347.9665 or email: info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Event Location: Rancho Del Cordillera del Norte, 9015 Wilbur Avenue, Northridge, CA, 91324

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

The Things They Carried

"Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generation"

“Under Fire” is a multi-media theatre piece based upon the collected interviews of combat veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, 1st Gulf War, and the Wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. The play presents the experience of combat veterans who, though separated by the differences in technology, communication, medicine, and the culture of the times, were very similar in their human reaction to engaging in wartime combat. The play is written and directed by Michael J. Arndt who is a Theatre Professor at California Lutheran University and also serves as Artistic Director for Kingsmen Shakespeare Company. The play will include film clips as well as original music and dance. A post-show moderated discussion will involve the artists and audience members. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Location: Ventura college Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA, 93002-0099

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

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