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Events for: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Wizard of Earthsea

NSU Broken Arrow Fantasy Bulletin Board Display - Reading Clinic

Castles, Black knights, wizards and dragons! Come and enjoy a collection of fantasy themed art props on display at the NSU Broken Arrow Campus Reading Clinic from March 6 through May 15.

Event Location: 3100 E New Orleans St, Broken Arrow, OK, 74014

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Love Medicine

"Everyday Brave, Living in Two Worlds" Photography Exhibit

Stillwater Public Library is proud to present "Everyday Brave, Living in Two Worlds," a photography exhibit featuring portraits of contemporary Native Americans by Star Prairie, WI, photographer Tim Lindfors. The show features portraits commissioned by the Stillwater Public Library Foundation. The exhibit contrasts Lindfor’s early black and white portraits made at powwows with portraits of contemporary Native Americans. Teachers, writers, artists and other community members express in their own words what it means to be brave. Their stories are presented in English and translated into their native languages. The gallery is located on the upper level of the library adjacent to the terrace.

Event Location: Stillwater Public Library, 224 N. 3rd St, Stillwater, MN, 55082

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Community: ArtReach St. Croix

Book: Love Medicine

The Great Gatsby

First Years Storytime and The Big Read

Stories will tie in themes from The Great Gatsby. Geared for ages 0-2 & their caregivers.

Event Location: Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY, 14701

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

Fahrenheit 451

Museum Displays on the Warsaw Book Burning

View the displays of the Warsaw Book Burning.

Event Location: Old Jail Museum, 121 North Indiana Street, Warsaw, IN, 46580

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Community: Kosciusko Literacy Services

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Maltese Falcon

Hidden Falcons at the Galesburg Civic Art Center

Visit the Civic Art Center from March 28-April 18 and search their galleries and gift store to find three hidden Maltese Falcons. You will receive a chance to win a book basket for each falcon you find.

Event Location: Galesburg Civic Art Center, 114 East Main Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Galesburg Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Into the Beautiful North

Traditional Mexican Clothing Exhibit

Enjoy an exhibit of traditional clothing from the different regions of Mexico illustrated through Ballet Folklorico costumes 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: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Maltese Falcon

Cover Designs for The Maltese Falcon

Cover Art by Doug Hansen’s Illustration class, Fresno State University. Students designs of The Maltese Falcon book cover.

Event Location: Woodward Park Library, 944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno, CA, 93720

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Into the Beautiful North

Reading Groups at the Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library will bring The Big Read program to its local branch locations, serving some 4 million residents. Participating library branches will host a book group to read and discuss this year's title, "Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. Libraries will also host a complementary program, such as a film screening, lecture, or other related activity. The library will provide a copy of the book to each library patron who signs up for The Big Read program in LA. The program is FREE. For information about specific library branches participating in The Big Read in LA, go to lapl.org, or call 213.202.5567.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

The Big Read in Boyle Heights

Stop by Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library, to pick up a copy in English or Spanish of “Into the Beatiful North” by Luis Albero Urrea and a brochure of related Big Read in LA activities being held throughout Los Angeles, from April - June. Libros Schmibros Lending Library 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, call (323) 302-9408 or email: info@librosschmibros.org

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

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Fahrenheit 451

The Big Read Writing Competition

The Big Read Writing Contest--Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury-- Join Kosciusko Literacy Services and The Big Read by writing an essay or poem based on one or more of the themes of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Categories & Prizes Adults—18 and Older High School Student Middle School Students Elementary Students Contest Rules: Mailed or delivered entries must be received at Kosciusko Literacy Services’ office (201 North Union Street, Warsaw 46580) by 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015. Email entries will be accepted at contests@kcread.org. Use Fahrenheit 451 Writing in the subject line of the email. Submissions must be typed or neatly written. Essays should be between 500 and 1000 words. Poems should be between 12 and 24 lines. Entries must be the original work of the writer submitting the entry. No literary form other than an essay or poem will be accepted. Only one (1) essay or poem may be submitted by each contestant. Each entry must include a title page, not considered text, with the following information: Essay Title or Poem Title Author's name and address Telephone number and/or email address Category (Adult, High, Middle, or Elementary School) School name and grade (if applicable) Entries become property of Kosciusko Literacy Services. Kosciusko Literacy Services has the right to reprint the entries in publications and on the web. Appropriate citations will be given to the writers. All entries will be on display during the May First Friday Event on May 1st, 2015.

Event Location: Kosciusko Literacy Services, 201 North Union Street, Warsaw, IN, 46580

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Kosciusko Literacy Services

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

The Big Read Graphic Novel Competition

The Big Read Graphic Novel Competition--The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury-- Join Kosciusko Literacy Services and The Big Read by entering the graphic novel contest. Create a graphic novel based the short story The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury. Categories & Prizes College Students High School Students Middle School Students Contest Rules: Mailed or delivered entries must be received at Kosciusko Literacy Services’ office (201 North Union Street, Warsaw 46580) by 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015. Email entries as “pdf” attachments will be accepted at contests@kcread.org. Use The Pedestrian in the subject line of the email. Entries must be the original work of the artist submitting the entry. Only graphic novels will be accepted. Only one (1) entry may be submitted by each contestant. Each entry must include a title page with the following information: Artist's name and address Telephone number and/or email address Category (Adult, High or Middle School) School name and grade (if applicable) Entries become property of Kosciusko Literacy Services. Kosciusko Literacy Services has the right to reprint the entries in publications and on the web. Appropriate citations will be given to the artist. Judging: The graphic novel will be judged on artistry and creativity. All entries will be on display during the May First Friday Event on May 1st, 2015.

Event Location: Kosciusko Literacy Services, 201 North Union Street, Warsaw, IN, 46580

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Kosciusko Literacy Services

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Into the Beautiful North

Teen Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA will host creative workshops for teens through its partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library. Teen participants will explore select works from the museum's collection of Latin American art and engage in discussions about the themes in Luis Alberto Urrea’s "Into the Beautiful North." Young people will reflect on their own culture and sense of expression through art, making connections between cultures. This program combines literature and art in a dynamic and creative program. This program is offered by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Education Department. For a list of participating libraries, visit: lacma.org or lapl.org.

Event Location: various library branches, Los Angeles, CA,

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

A Wizard of Earthsea

Connors State College/NSU Muskogee Library- Fantasy Book Display

We're celebrating the art of fantasy and Ursula Le Guin's "A Wizard of Earthsea"! Come and enjoy a small collection of fantasy book and book cover art on display at the Connors State College/NSU Muskogee library from March 6 through May 15.

Event Location: 2400 W. Shawnee St., Connors State College/NSU Muskogee Library, Muskogee, OK, 74401

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus Earthsea Book Display

Get your "Wizard" on! Come and enjoy a small collection of fantasy book and book cover art based on the Ursula Le Guin Earthsea series on display at the Tulsa Community College Southeast campus library from March 6 through April 30.

Event Location: 10300 East 81st Street , TCC Southeast campus library, Tulsa, OK, 74133

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Maltese Falcon

Find the Falcon!

Visit one of the participating libraries to pick up your Find the Falcon card and then visit the area businesses and libraries listed on the card and find where the Falcon is at that location! Once you have found the Falcon at 8 different businesses and libraries, return your card to any one of the participating libraries to claim your prize! Cards will be available on March 4th and all prizes must be claimed by May 21st!

Event Location: Visit any participating library to pick up your card!

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon Memorabilia

Maltese Falcon Movie Memorabilia. On loan from the collection of Sawl & Associates

Event Location: Woodward Park Library, 944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno, CA, 93720

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Letterbox Game

Follow a list of clues leading to the location of a hidden letterbox at participating branches. Write your name in the log book in the letterbox to be entered in a drawing for a replica of The Maltese Falcon by our resident artist Kait Vickers. Each participant who finds the letter box and stamps their list of clues will receive a prize as well. Participating branches: Caruthers Cedar Clinton Central Clovis Gillis Sanger West Fresno

Event Location: Check your local branch library, Fresno, CA, 93721

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Geocaching Game

Geocaching is an recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers. Log on to the library’s website at www.fresnolibrary.org to play a geocaching game in downtown Fresno. Smartphone required

Event Location: 2420 Mariposa Street, www.fresnolibrary.org, Fresno, CA, 93721

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

A Wizard of Earthsea

NSU Tahlequah Fantasy Book Display

John Vaughan Library – Big Read Display located on the first floor in front of the atrium, beginning March 2nd through May 15th this display features books from the library’s collection by Ursula K. Le Guin and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, additional fantasy books, and handouts.

Event Location: 600 N. Grand Ave, Tahlequah, OK, 74464

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Great Gatsby

"My American Dream" Poetry Contest"

For the first time, the Lawrence County Public Library Poetry Contest has a theme. In honor of The Big Read we are asking our local poets to sharpen their pencils and write about "My American Dream". In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is trying to reach his American Dream and escape the life he knew. What is your dream? Have you achieved it? Or is it just out of reach? Poems can be dropped off at the nearest Briggs Lawrence County Public Library branch any time during the month of April. At the end of April, the poems will be judged. Winners will be announced in May. First place will receive a gift card and a certificate naming them the 2015 Poet Laureate of Briggs Lawrence County Public Library.

Event Location: , Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, Ironton, OH, 45638

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: Paramount Arts Center

Book: The Great Gatsby

Into the Beautiful North

The Border in ELA and Luis Alberto Urrea

Join the East Los Angeles Library’s Reading Club’s group in reading and discussing Luis Alberto Urrea’s "Into the Beautiful North." The Reading Club will also participate in a workshop, using cell phones to create photo-videos, which will be included in the Official Big Read exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute Gallery. The documentary film, "Life on the Line" about life of a 11-year old living on the border at Nogales Arizona (U.S.) and Nogales, Mexico will also be screened. For more information, 213.417.8384.

Event Location: East Los Angeles Library , 4837 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90022

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Love Medicine

"Love Medicine" Read and Review at Friday Memorial Library

Library patrons and area residents are invited to read "Love Medicine" by Louise Erdrich and write their review of the book. Reviews can be dropped off at the Friday Memorial Library. All reviews dropped off during the month of April will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Event Location: 155 E 1st St, New Richmond, WI, 54017

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Community: ArtReach St. Croix

Book: Love Medicine

The Maltese Falcon

Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Program-afterschool program

Join us for a Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew-inspired detective club program. We will work together to solve mysteries.

Event Location: Reedley Library, 1027 E Street, Reedley, CA, 93654

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Program-afterschool program

Join us for a Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew-inspired detective club program. We will work together to solve mysteries.

Event Location: Orange Cove Library, 815 Park Blvd, Orange Cove, CA, 93646

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Junior Detective Preschool Story time

Event Location: Clovis Library, 1155 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA, 93612

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby: Teen Snack and Chat at Prendergast Library

"State University of New York at Fredonia Senior English Majors will facilitate discussions of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Life and the history and contexts of the novel". This is a free event is open for all teens. Snacks provided.

Event Location: 509 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY, 14701

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Maltese Falcon

Junior Detective Preschool Story time

Event Location: Clovis Library, 4150 East Clinton Avenue, Clovis, CA, 93703

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Into the Beautiful North

Book Discussion at Manor Branch

Book discussion at Manor Branch.

Event Location: 1241 Manor Blvd, San Leandro, CA, 94579

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Great Gatsby

Author Maureen Corrigan - Big Read Kick-off

We're kicking of the Big Read Gatsby style! The Jazz Age comes alive with music at 6:30, followed by a fabulous presentation by NPR "Fresh Air" Book Critic MAUREEN CORRIGAN. She'll talk about her new book "So We Read On: How 'The Great Gatsby' Came To Be and Why It Endures." Copies of her books will be on sale.

Event Location: Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA, 31906

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Community: Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Book: The Great Gatsby

A Wizard of Earthsea

PLS Community Book Discussion A Wizard of Earthsea

A lively and entertaining book discussion led by a panel of Oklahoma scholars and fantasy fiction authors. The panel will discuss the themes, plot devices, and ethical significance of the Ursula Le Guin classic. Preceding the community book discussion, the Pioneer Library System Foundation will host a wine and cheese reception in the lower gallery of the art museum.

Event Location: Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK, 73069

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Community: Pioneer Library System

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Old School

Cromaine Tween Book Club Discussion

Discuss "The Homework Machine" by Dan Gutman--an "Old School" read-alike--with other tweens (grades 5-6). Drop-in - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library - Director's Office, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI, 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: Old School

The Maltese Falcon

Northampton and the Coolidges in the 1920s

The Maltese Falcon was published in 1930 and the story is set in 1928. What was Northampton like during that time? Calvin Coolidge was finishing up his term as the 30th President of the United States and returning to live out remainder of his years in Northampton. Join Julie Bartlett-Nelson, Faith Kaufmann, Elise Bernier-Feeley and Dylan Gaffney from the library's Information Services team as they set the scene both locally and nationally including a visual tour using historic photographs of Northampton during the 20s and 30s. What has changed and what has been lost?

Event Location: Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA, 01060

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Old School

"This Boy's Life"

Join us for the classic 1993 movie based on the memoirs of Tobias Wolff. "This Boy's Life" focuses on the relationship between a rebellious 50s era teen, his mother and abusive step-father. Starring Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Barkin. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village Community Room, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI, 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: Old School

The Maltese Falcon

Everything you always wanted to know about being a Private Investagator

PI Thomas Haverty founder and lead of investigations of Fresno-based Strategic Investigative Services will speak on what is required to become a private investigator. Detective Haverty will also highlight various career opportunities that are available to licensed investigators

Event Location: Woodward Park Library, 944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno, CA, 93720

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Learn all about being a Detective

PI Thomas Haverty founder and lead of investigations of Fresno-based Strategic Investigative Services will speak on what is required to become a private investigator. Detective Haverty will also highlight various career opportunities that are available to licensed investigators.

Event Location: Woodward Park Library, 944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno, CA, 93720

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

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