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Events for: Thursday, April 24, 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: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Community: Massillon Museum

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Great Gatsby

Biggby Coffee Book Discussion

Join us at Biggby Coffee for a morning snack and a great spot to sit down and discuss "The Great Gatsby." Drop-in.

Event Location: Biggby Coffee of Hartland, 11325 Highland Rd, Hartland, MI, 48353

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Meet and Greet "Dr. Alexandra Socarides" Big Read keynote speaker

Join the Big Read keynote speaker, Dr. Alexandra Socarides, and enjoy an informal chat about her current research and her perspective about topics related to literary history and recovery. Light refreshments will be served.

Event Location: Reed Library , Fredonia, NY, 14063

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

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: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: YMCA Writer's Voice

Book: True Grit

In the Time of the Butterflies

April Arts & Literacy Intensive: Pursuing the “American Dream”- what College Access Means for Latino Families

During April Vacation, youth, students and community members will be invited to explore Dominican History through the arts! Activities will include visual arts projects such as traditional Taino paintings, while musical projects will include making traditional Dominican instruments and exploring the Musical History of Dominican from music to dances through the decades.

Event Location: 1530 Tremont St., Roxbury, MA, 02120-2929

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Sociedad Latina, Inc.

Book: In the Time of the Butterflies

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: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

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: Thu, Apr 24, 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: Thu, Apr 24, 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: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

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: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

True Grit

Reading Rodeo

Story Hour attendees and their guests will create a stick pony craft, tie it to the hitching post and "ride" through the township with a special stop at the Wild West Library.

Event Location: J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, 16552 Wise Street, St. Paul, VA, 24283

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

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: Thu, Apr 24, 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: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

The Call of the Wild

ESL Book Discussion in Arabic / English

Isabella Rowan, Librarian I at Dearborn Public Library, will moderate a discussion of The Call of the Wild using bilingual copies of the book (English/Arabic). Pick up a free copy of the book at any Dearborn Public Library.

Event Location: Esper Branch Library, 12929 West Warren , Dearborn, MI, 48126-2792

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Community: Dearborn Public Library

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion at the Library Station

Join us for a discussion of "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults in the Santa Fe Room.

Event Location: The Library Station , 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO, 65803

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Yuba College reads "Sun, Stone and Shadows"

Students and faculty at the Yuba College Writing & Language Development Center will gather to read and discuss selections from "Sun, Stone and Shadows."

Event Location: Yuba College Writing and Language Development Center, 2088 N Beale Rd, Marysville, CA, 95901

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

The Call of the Wild

Survival of the Fittest at the Willard Branch Library

Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! For grades 7-12.

Event Location: Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard, MO, 65781

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Namesake

Teen Art 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 learn about the museum's South and Southeast Asian Art collection and engage in discussions about Jhumpa Lahiri’s "The Namesake." 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, please visit: lacma.org or lapl.org.

Event Location: Select library sites through the Museum's Education Department, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

True Grit

Hangman Wii Tournament

Teen Scene will host a Hangman Tournament (Wii Wheel of Fortune)and discuss the criminal justice system of the Wild West.

Event Location: Jonnie B. Deel Memorial Library, 198 Chase Street, Clintwood, VA, 24228

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Namesake

Bollywood Festival - Dance Lessons, Bengali Food Tasting and Book Discussions

Memorial Branch Library honors the 2014 Big Read Program in LA selection,"The Namesake," with an invitation to immerse yourself in the culture of India by learning the art of Bollywood dance and tasting the indigenous foods of the region, as described by Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri in her award-winning novel. In "The Namesake," native Indian dance and foods are symbolic of the homeland and the characters' connection to their Indian culture, showing the ways in which Bengali traditions are preserved and the importance of family. Schedule of Events: 5:00 p.m. - Video Tour of India Presentation by the India Tourist Office 6:00 p.m. - Bollywood Dance Instruction and Group Performance 7:00 p.m. - Bengali Food Tasting, Explanation, and Discussion The book discussion group is ongoing throughout the month of April. All activities are free. Free and ample parking is available. For more information, please call 323.938.2732.

Event Location: Memorial Library , 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90019

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

True Grit

A Book and a Movie

Join us for the 2010 Coen brothers' cinematic version of Portis' classic novel featuring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld as the feisty and fiercely stubborn Mattie Ross.

Event Location: Lee County Public Library, 539 Joslyn Avenue, Pennington Gap, VA, 24277

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Book Discussion

Join us for a discussion of the times and tales of Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn.

Event Location: Wise County Public Library, 124 Library Road, SW, Wise, VA, 24293

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

A Book and a Movie

Join us for the 2010 Coen brothers' cinematic version of Portis' classic novel featuring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld as the feisty and fiercely stubborn Mattie Ross.

Event Location: Scott County Public Library, 297 W. Jackson Street, Gate City, VA, 24251

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

HASS Lectures Spring 2014: The Big Read/True Grit Series

I Get No Kick from Champagne: The Wild Wild West. Strange Westerns: The Wild Wild West, Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, Blazing Saddles, Cowboys and Aliens, The Wild Bunch, Brisco County Jr., True West, Dead Man, Near Dear, Johnny Guitar, Doctor Who (Town Called Mercy). Weird western tv shows and films that have appeared over the years. Participants: Senefeld and Lenig.

Event Location: Columbia State Community College - Hickman Building Room 140, 1665 Hamphire Pike, Columbia, TN, 38401

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Reading Wranglers

Wear your Western gear and join us for an evening of fun for the whole family. Children will bring stuffed animals to a Live Stock Show. After the show, the animals will be "awarded" with participation ribbons. Campfire stories and songs will round out the festivities.

Event Location: Haysi Community Library, 157 O'Quinn Street, Haysi, VA, 24256

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Pine Knots Book Club Book Discussion

Join the Pine Knots Book Club for a lively discussion of the classic novel.

Event Location: C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library, 11 Proctor Street, N., Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Bounty Hunt - St. Paul Style

Calling all teens to come join our scavenger hunt by searching for books and items that lead you to the murdering Tom Chaney.

Event Location: J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, 16552 Wise Street, St. Paul, VA, 24283

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Riverside Book Club Discussion

The Riverside Book Club will discuss the times and tales of Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn.

Event Location: Riverside Diner, Ramey Street, St. Paul, VA, 24283

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

"Just How the Fingers Hurried": Emily Dickinson and Poetry Making

Please join Alexandra Socarides, Emily Dickinson poetry scholar for this Big Read event. One way to gain access to a seemingly impenetrable writer’s work is to ask how she went about making that work. Where did she sit, did she use a pencil or a pen, what kind of paper did she write on? Did she draft and draft until she got it just so, or did the works we know today come out fully formed? What had she read in the newspaper that morning, or dreamt the previous evening? Who was having an argument within earshot? While these might seem like biographical and historical questions of little importance, investigating them can often get us reading poetry from the inside out: not as nuts to crack, but as the creations of real people in real time. In this talk/discussion, I will explore how reading Emily Dickinson’s poems with such questions (if not, always, answers) in mind gives us new access to her work.

Event Location: Patterson Library, 40 S. Portage Street, Westfield, NY, 14787

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Namesake

Trains & Names Storytime

Jump aboard the imaginary Reading Railroad for this very special trains and names pajama storytime! Children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in this creative storytime led by librarian Kathy Miksis.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Community: Reading Public Library

Book: The Namesake

The Call of the Wild

Conservation Kids' Club: Spring Symphony

Sweet-sounding bird songs fill the forests and fields with music and tell us that spring has arrived, but birds aren't just "whistlin' Dixie," their songs have purpose and meaning. Learn the lyrics to their melodies and find out what the singing means during this "Call of the Wild" program. Dress for an outdoor hike. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration required, call 417-888-4237. For grades 1-6.

Event Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO, 65804

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Belle of Amherst

Jamestown Community College Libraries present “The Belle of Amherst” featuring actress Christina Rausa as Emily Dickinson. Rausa uses Dickinson’s poems, diaries, and letters to highlight the themes of Dickinson’s work and artfully reveal her life which was both rich and reclusive. The performance will be followed by a short reception that will allow for informal discussion of Emily Dickinson’s work with the artist.

Event Location: JCC - Cattaraugus County Campus – Cutco Theatre, 260 N. Union Street, Olean, NY, 14760

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Call of the Wild

Keynote Speaker: "Call of the Wild: An Evening with Military Survivalist and Adventurer Cade Courtley"

Loyalty, perseverance, survival of the fittest. The same themes that Jack London brings to "The Call of the Wild" personify the career of Cade Courtley, former Navy SEAL, survivalist and author of "SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster." For all ages.

Event Location: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO, 65807

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

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