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Quincy Public Library


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Quincy, IL 62301

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True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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The Big Read Kick Off 2013

The Big Read Quincy will kickoff the community-wide read at Clat Adams Park. Pick up your free copy, in print or digital format, of the book, "True Grit" by Charles Portis. Enjoy a special welcome and great music by the QND Marching Band. Enjoy a free light lunch. Iris Nelson, QPL Reference Librarian and local historian will be the keynote speaker. Books, Reader's Guides and refreshments will be available as long as supplies last.

Event Location: Clat Adams Park, Front and Hampshire on the riverfront, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Book: True Grit

Write the Ballad of Mattie Ross Writing Contest - Teen Event

Entries accepted September 12 through October 9 at QPL.

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 – Wed, Oct 9, 2013

Book: True Grit

The Big Read Kick Off at Brown County Public Library

Pick up a free copy of True Grit and enjoy some light refreshments.

Event Location: 143 W. Main, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353

Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2013

Book: True Grit

Saddle Tramp Saturday Matinee - Teen Event - "True Grit" (1969)

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Sat, Sep 14, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Spaghetti Western Sunday - "A Fistful of Dollars"

Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the "Dollars" trilogy. Later, United Artists, who distributed it in the U.S., coined another term for it: the "Man With No Name" trilogy. While not as impressive as its follow-ups For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars contains all of Leone's eventual trademarks: taciturn characters, precise framing, extreme close-ups, and the haunting music of Ennio Morricone. Not released in the U.S. until 1967 due to copyright problems, the film was decisive in both Clint Eastwood's career and the recognition of the Italian western.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Sun, Sep 15, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wild West Monday Movies - "Stagecoach"

A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client's money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others. Although there were Westerns before it, "Stagecoach" quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and a set of well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse set of passengers on board.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Mon, Sep 16, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Mon, Sep 16, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Pony Tales

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an introduction to western themes at this fun, interactive and welcoming story time.

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301-3927

Date: Tue, Sep 17, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

True Grit Tales Tuesdays - "Desperadoes"

John E. Hallwas, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University, has written or edited two dozen books related to the Midwest. From the early frontier lawbreakers at Cave-in-Rock, to such figures as the Maxwell brothers and Frank Rande, Illinois prior to the 20th century was a dangerous place fraught with crime. Dive into Illinois' notorious past and learn about early law enforcement, vigilantes and lynchings and the lives of Illinois desperadoes from this award-winning teacher and cultural leader.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Sep 17, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Western Round-Up at QPL's Circle C Ranch

Mosey on down to learn some country line dances, rope up some crafts, and enjoy some grub at the chuck wagon. Check the Quincy Public Library's "Calendar of Events" page for more details.

Event Location: 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Sat, Sep 21, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Movie Club at Mt. Sterling YMCA

Enjoy the film version of True Grit! The Brown County Public Library and its Movie Club invite everyone to attend the new version of True Grit.

Event Location: Route 99 South, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353

Date: Sat, Sep 21, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Spaghetti Western Sunday - "For a Few Dollars More"

This pulse-pounding follow-up to Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars brings back Clint Eastwood as the serape-clad, cigar-chewing "Man With No Name." Engaged in an ongoing battle with bounty hunter Col. Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef), the Man joins forces with his enemy to capture homicidal bandit Indio (Gian Maria Volontè). Two bounty hunters are after the same man, Indio. At first, they go their own ways, but eventually get together to try and find him. But are they after him for the same reason ?

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Sun, Sep 22, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wild West Monday Movies - "The Searchers"

John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a former Confederate soldier who returns to his brother Aaron's frontier cabin three years after the end of the Civil War. Ethan still has his rebel uniform and weapons, a large stash of Yankee gold, and no explanations as to where he's been since Lee's surrender. A loner not comfortable in the bosom of his family, Ethan also harbors a bitter hatred of Indians (though he knows their lore and language well) and trusts no one but himself. Ethan and Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), Aaron's adopted son, join a makeshift band of Texas Rangers fending off an assault by renegade Comanches. Before they can run off the Indians, several homes are attacked, and Ethan returns to discover his brother and sister-in-law dead and their two daughters kidnapped. While they soon learn that one of the girls is dead, the other, Debbie, is still alive, and with obsessive determination, Ethan and Martin spend the next five years in a relentless search for Debbie -- and for Scar (Henry Brandon), the fearsome Comanche chief who abducted her. But while Martin wants to save his sister and bring her home, Ethan seems primarily motivated by his hatred of the Comanches; it's hard to say if he wants to rescue Debbie or murder the girl who has lived with Indians too long to be considered "white." John Wayne gives perhaps his finest performance in a role that predated screen antiheroes of the 1970s; by the film's conclusion, his single-minded obsession seems less like heroism and more like madness. Wayne bravely refuses to soft-pedal Ethan's ugly side, and the result is a remarkable portrait of a man incapable of answering to anyone but himself, who ultimately has more in common with his despised Indians than with his more "civilized" brethren. Natalie Wood is striking in her brief role as the 16-year-old Debbie, lost between two worlds, and Winton C. Hoch's Technicolor photography captures Monument Valley's savage beauty with subtle grace.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Mon, Sep 23, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Mon, Sep 23, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Boot Scootin' Storytime

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an introduction to western themes at this fun, interactive and welcoming story time.

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301-3927

Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

True Grit Tales Tuesdays - The American West after the Civil War

During the 1800s of the Wild West, thousands of pioneers pushed their way westward in search of land, better lives, gold and silver, and sometimes, to escape the law. Join Dr. Justin Coffey, Quincy University Associate Professor of History, as he takes us back in time to better understand Mattie Ross's era of the Wild West.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Boot Scootin' Storytime

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an introduction to western themes at this fun, interactive and welcoming story time.

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Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

Boot Scootin' Storytime

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an introduction to western themes at this fun, interactive and welcoming story time.

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Date: Fri, Sep 27, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Community Book Discussion

Everyone is invited to this community discussion of True Grit. Refreshments are on your own. participation in a book discussion is a prerequisite to attending Miss Mattie's Mob - Reader Reception on October 15.

Event Location: Riverside Smokehouse, 222 South 3rd, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Line Dancing in Mt. Sterling

Brown County Public Library hosts line dancing with instructors Vada Yingling and Rosie Barnett. Young and old please come join in the fun!

Event Location: Mt. Sterling American Legion, 119 North Capital, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353

Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Spaghetti Western Sunday - "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Sun, Sep 29, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wild West Monday Movies - "Unforgiven"

Disgusted by Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett's decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand's slashing a whore's face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a $1000 bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to go with him to Big Whiskey and collect the bounty. While Munny insists, "I ain't like that no more," he needs the bounty money for his children, and the two men convince Munny's clean-living comrade Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to join them in righting a wrong done to a woman. Little Bill (Oscar-winner Gene Hackman), however, has no intention of letting any bounty hunters impinge on his iron-clad authority. When pompous gunman English Bob (Richard Harris) arrives in Big Whiskey with pulp biographer W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek) in tow, Little Bill beats Bob senseless and promises to tell Beauchamp the real story about violent frontier life and justice. But when Munny, the true unwritten legend, comes to town, everyone soon learns a harsh lesson about the price of vindictive bloodshed and the malleability of ideas like "justice." "I don't deserve this," pleads Little Bill. "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it," growls Munny, simultaneously summing up the insanity of western violence and the legacy of Eastwood's Man With No Name.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Mon, Sep 30, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Mon, Sep 30, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Tales Tuesdays - "Women and the West"

Dr. D'Ann Campbell, Culver-Stockton College Professor of History and a Western historian with a special area of study regarding Women of the West, will discuss female pioneers and settlers in this engaging talk. Women of the American West helped to build communities out of the region's diverse geological, biological and cultural landscapes.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Bookies Book Discussion Group - "True Grit"

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey , Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Wed, Oct 2, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Hayseed Hayride and Hullabaloo - Teen Event

Hey cowpoke put on your cowboy boots and flannels and join us at Mill Creek Farm for a Teen Hayrack Ride & Hullabaloo on Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. Cowpokes will meet at the shed for a hair-raising ride around the farm followed by an even zanier trip through the Corn Maze. Then watch the stars come out around the bonfire as we hunker down for a sing-a-long and wiener roast around the campfire. Reservations are requested.

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

"Quincy Collects-Western Skies" Art Exhibit

Opening October 5 and running through November 10.

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

Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013 – Sun, Nov 10, 2013

Book: True Grit

Spaghetti Western Sunday - "Once Upon a Time in the West"

Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by who? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honor. He is accompanied by Harmonica on his quest to get even. Get-rich-quick subplots and intricate character histories intertwine with such artistic flair that this could in fact be the movie-to-end-all-movies. Written by DrGoodBeat Directed by Sergio Leone Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301-3927

Date: Sun, Oct 6, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wild West Monday Movies - "True Grit" (2010)

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their "No Country for Old Men" producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey , Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Book Discussion in Mt. Sterling

Read the book? Tell us what you think! Let's talk about the characters and the themes in True Grit. The Brown County Library's Book Club will take part and lead in the discussion.

Event Location: 143 W. Main, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353

Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Renaissance Readers Book Discussion Group - "True Grit"

Event Location: Small Conference Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

True Grit Tales Tuesdays - "Quincy Stories"

Local historian Reg Ankrom will lead a panel from the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, recalling scandalous stories and misadventures of Quincy settlers during the 1800s.

Event Location: Large Meeting Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

All Over The Page Book Discussion Group - "True Grit"

Event Location: Panera Bread, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Unshelved Book Discussion Group - "True Grit"

Event Location: Small Conference Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Teen Book Discussion - "True Grit"

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Finale in Mt. Sterling

Let's celebrate True Grit, the wild west, and The Big Read at this family-friendly finale. The Brown County Public Library is pleased to present The Bankesters! The Bankesters, from Carbondale IL, are one of the top rated bluegrass bands in America today. The opening act will be a local talent from Beardstown, IL with Dalton Haberman. This is a family friendly event that will sell refreshments and snacks from Pepsi Refreshment Services and we will have pony rides, a petting zoo, and a mechanical bull!

Event Location: 119 North Capital, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353

Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Literary Angles Book Discussion Group - "True Grit"

Event Location: Small Conference Room, 526 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301

Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Miss Mattie's Mob - Reader Reception

This wild-west-themed party is open by invitation only to participants of any of The Big Read Quincy's Book Discussion Groups. Belly up to the "bar" to enjoy sarsparilla and country music!

Event Location: 526 Jersey Street, Quincy, IL 62301-3927

Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

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