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Events for: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby Book Cover Display

Fresno State students reinterpret the novel's cover. All submissions are from the illustration class of local artist, illustrator and Fresno State professor Doug Hansen.

Event Location: 944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno, CA, 93720

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Community: Massillon Museum

Book: Fahrenheit 451

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: YMCA Writer's Voice

Book: True Grit

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

First Years Story Time

First Years Storytime. Stories designed for babies and toddlers aged 0-3 and their caregivers. Older siblings welcome. Each storytime will feature poetry and rhymes for babies and children.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Book: The Namesake

Housekeeping

Kingston: Classics in Religion Book Group Discussing Housekeeping

The Classics in Religion group will be discussing Housekeeping and Robinson’s theological writing. Marilynne Robinson, a Christian writer, weaves Biblical parallels, symbolism, and allusions into her lyrical novel, which has been described as a female version of Moby Dick. Robinson’s later novels are Gilead and Home. Housekeeping is a winner of the PEN/Hemingway award, and it is this year’s community “Big Read” selection. The leaders of the series will be Debbie Schnide and Kathy DeMatteo. They are retired teachers and members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills. Debbie taught art for the Kingston City Schools and Kathy taught English at Andes and Sidney.

Event Location: Kingston Public Library, 55 Franklin St., Kingston, NY, 12401

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Community: Bard College

Book: Housekeeping

The Great Gatsby

Rainbow Loom

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Bring your loom and learn how to make a Flapper head band with a flower. For ages 6 and up. Register - Village

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

True Grit

Women of the West Scrapbooking

Learn how to create dazzling western-themed scrapbook pages.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

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: California Club Branch Library, 850 Ives Dairy RD, , Miami, Fl, 33179

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Community: The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: The Namesake

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: Wed, Apr 16, 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: Wed, Apr 16, 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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

True Grit

Book Discussion

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

Event Location: Coeburn Community Library, 111 Third Street, Coeburn, VA, 24230

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Great Gatsby

Intro to Sign Language

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Learn the alphabet and basic signs. Register - Village.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

Housekeeping

Rhinecliff: Pre-School Story Hour

Pre-School Story Hour Theme: Trains and the Big Read.

Event Location: Children's Room, Morton LIbrary, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, NY, 12574

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Community: Bard College

Book: Housekeeping

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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

True Grit

Western Jewelry Crafting

Homeschoolers and After School kids will enjoy crafting Western jewelry.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Maltese Falcon

Flim Noir Series - The Big Sleep

Watch the cigarette smoke rise and sparks fly between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in the 1946 production of “The Big Sleep”.

Event Location: Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St., Madisonville, LA, 70447

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: St. Tammany Parish Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Housekeeping

Rhinecliff: Morton Movie Night

Morton Movie Night, showing Sullivan's Travels by Preston Sturges -- a tale of riding the rails, but in a different way than in Housekeeping!

Event Location: Morton Hall, 82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, NY, 12574

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community: Bard College

Book: Housekeeping

The Great Gatsby

Boom Town: Detroit in the Roaring Twenties

Detroit Historical Society Senior Curator, Joel Stone, will be our guest speaker for this Big Read 2014 event. From the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight in the early twentieth century. The automobile business was at full throttle, resulting in a city that grew faster than any other on the continent. Adding to the excitement, national Prohibition created a demand for alcohol that our Canadian neighbors gladly addressed. Rumrunning became the region’s second largest industry. Conventions loved Detroit, and so did organized crime. Boom town meets the Wild West. Register - Village.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

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: Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Santa Monica Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Call of the Wild

Jack London's Alaska: The Historical Geography of "The Call of the Wild"

Learn about the geographic setting of "The Call of the Wild," followed by a closer look at the historical geography of the Gold Rush as a backdrop for London's work. Presented by Dr. Judy Meyer, Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University. For adults.

Event Location: Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO, 65804

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Learn to download the poetry of Emily Dickinson

Wednesdays 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16 from 7PM-8PM – Learn to download the poetry of Emily Dickinson and other classics. Bring your mobile device or eReader and stop by our information desk to learn more. *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: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Belle of Amherst

Actress Christina Rausa portrays Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play by William Luce. Luce used Dickinson’s poems, diaries, and letters to recreate encounters with the significant people in Dickinson’s life. Unrecognized and virtually unpublished during her lifetime, it wasn't until after Emily's death that her poetry found a wide audience and Emily herself became the most widely read female poet in the English language. Even those familiar with Emily Dickinson's poetry will find greater appreciation in her work after this glimpse into her life. The performance will be followed by a reception with the artist. Limited seating, by reservation only. Email production.in.a.suitcase@gmail.com, or call 518-779-0504 to reserve tickets.

Event Location: President's Residence, 194 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY, 14063

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

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