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Events for: Saturday, March 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Maltese Falcon

Raptors at the River Center

Join the River Parkway Trust and Nature Walk Guide George Folsom for an exploration of raptors along the San Joaquin River. From the River Center a 2-mile round trip walk to Owl Hollow. Along the way, we’ll look for kestrels, red tail hawks, coopers hawks, and bald eagles. Bring binoculars. We’ll also have pairs to lend out. To register visit www.riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext.101

Event Location: San Joaquin River Parkway, 11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA, 93730

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Great Gatsby

The Big Read Saturday Family Activities

Crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Activities will tie in The Great Gatsby themes, 1920s, jazz music, etc. Families are welcome.

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

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

Into the Beautiful North

Field Trip: Un Dia - Dos Museos

$20 per person - Includes transportation, museum admission, tours and art project. In the morning we will visit the Oakland Museum’s “Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California” exhibit and learn about the influence of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. After lunch we will visit The Mexican Museum in Fort Mason for a tour of art from Mexico. Lunch will be on your own in Oakland. Tickets (limit 2 per person) go on sale at 12:00 pm on February 28 at the Main Library Information Desk.

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

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Old School

Big Read 2015 Kick-off Event!

Kick off Cromaine’s seventh Big Read series celebrating “Old School,” by Tobias Wolff. Refreshments of popular foods of the 60s, music from the 60s with members of Livingston Women's Chrous, readings by Big Read Writing Contest winners, AND free books, thanks to the Friends of Cromaine. Drop-in - Village.

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

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: Old School

The Namesake

The Big Read Young Adult Program

Visit India on a whirlwind tour with fairy tales, felt elephants, and the movie Bride and Prejudice. Join us for stories, crafts, a movie, and snacks. Grades 6-12. Registration required.

Event Location: Nelson Memorial Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway , Lovingston, VA, 22949

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

Holi Festival Finale

Holi, the spring Indian festival of color marks the end of the Big Read. Celebrate by playing with powdered colors (prepare to get messy!) with music, dance, crafts and food. Pot luck encouraged. Rain date: Saturday, April 4.

Event Location: Pen Park, Shed #2, 1400 Pen Park Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22901

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

A Wizard of Earthsea

PLS A Wizard of Earthsea @ the Medieval Fair

Come to the Medieval Fair to visit with PLS staff hosting a "Wizard of Earthsea" booth at the state's largest weekend event and the third largest event in Oklahoma. Try your hand at fantasy art, discuss the book, and get you own free copy as supplies last.

Event Location: Reaves Park, Norman, OK, 73072

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Pioneer Library System

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Maltese Falcon

Art Exhibit 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: Sat, Mar 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Into the Beautiful North

Grand Park Downtown Bookfest

Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park will host the Big Read in LA at the Family Pavilion, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea's "Into the Beautiful North." Big Read activities will include distribution of free books, kids art activity, and information about the Big Read in LA program and about the Department of Cultural Affairs. Free. The Music Center Presents Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest featuring Artizen Lab Saturday, March 28, 2014 Noon – 5:00 p.m. Back for the third year in a row, Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest is Los Angeles’ only book festival focused exclusively on the local creative community. Celebrating the love of reading, writing and Los Angeles, the event offers book lovers of all ages access to the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based presses and publishers in an outdoor bookstore setting. All readings and activities will be tied to the theme “Cite Your Source,” exploring where we come from and how it can be communicated. Readings and performances will explore identity through different languages and creative means of self-expression. Activities include readings that showcase authors of multiple backgrounds and in multiple languages, a family pavilion with bookmaking activities, storytellers, and a book swap all for kids and a pop-up bookstore featuring the work of more than 30 Los Angeles-based presses, publishers, self-publishers. Guests are also encouraged to bring books to donate to Grand Park’s Little Libraries (please no explicit materials), where they can also take books for free. This year, Bookfest is partnering with The Music Center's Artizen Lab, an online platform that gives people the opportunity to share their creative ideas, on- and offline, to inspiring challenges. Artizens, or citizen artists, recognize the power of creative human beings to contribute to building better communities. In partnership with the Los Angeles County Library, Artizen Day, the culminating event of Artizen Lab, will take place during Bookfest and will bring to life ideas created by Artizens exploring the challenge of "Cite Your Source." Activities will invite audiences to step into the point of view of the Artizens through various arts-based projects. For more information about how to participate in Artizen Lab, visit http://musiccenter.org/artizenlab. Grand Park is located in the city’s urban heart, and reflects Los Angeles' people, diversity, interests, and passions. The Par provides Angelenos of all walks of life a place where they can come together to celebrate, reflect, and shape the future, in one central gathering place.

Event Location: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Avenue , Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Namesake

The Art of the Saree Exhibit

The beautiful fabrics of the saree, a traditional South Asian garment for women, are works of art unto themselves. See a variety of these stunning textiles up close and on display.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

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: Sat, Mar 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Kosciusko Literacy Services

Book: Fahrenheit 451

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: Sat, Mar 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Namesake

India Enigma Exhibit by Michael Petrus

This exhibition of photography will explore how ancient traditions collide with the modern global experiment in India. Michael Petrus is co-founder of Crisman+Petrus Architects.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA, 22932

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

The Name Game: A Big Read Scavenger Hunt

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – right? Follow these clues to track down some outstanding names in YA books. Find all of the clues and win a prize. Grades 6-12. At participating library branches.

Event Location: 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

Family Lego Challenge

Showcase your designs and creativity. Visit Northside Library each week to get your challenge card. Build your design at home with your Lego bricks, take a picture, and email it to northside@jmrl.org. We’ll post pictures to the JMRL Facebook page and let the community vote. Each week, the picture with the most votes will win a prize! All ages.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA, 22901

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

Make and Take Mehndi (All Ages)

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the Information Desk for quick and easy mehndi projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials provided. Central and Northside Libraries.

Event Location: 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

Time to Design: Rangoli to Mehndi (All Ages)

Create designs from India. We will have beautiful rangoli, from simple to intricate, available to color, as well as hand cut-outs on which to create your own mehndi pattern. Take your creations home or leave them to decorate the Library.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA, 22903

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum

Book: The Maltese Falcon

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: Sat, Mar 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Into the Beautiful North

Book Discussion and Film Screening in Watts

The Alma Reaves Woods - Watts library will host a reading group for "Into the Beautiful North," Luis Alberto Urrea’s tale of a group of teens from a border town in Mexico and the adventure they embark on as they travel to the United States on a quest to save their hometown. The library will also screen the documentary film, "Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations." For more information, call 323.789.2850

Event Location: Watts Branch Library , 10205 Compton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90002

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

Community Book Club and Art Programs for Teens and Adults

The William Grant Still Arts Center (WGSAC) invites teens, children, and adults to read the Big Read title, "Into the Beautiful North" and to participate in a variety of experiential activities to heighten the book’s story. For teens: Teen Book Club A weekly book club for teenagers to read and discuss the novel. Group will explore creative writing exercise. Cartooning This 3-day workshop will offer an opportunity for teens to learn how to translate a personality into a visualized cartoon style. Media Art This 3-day workshop will teach teens how to utilize accessible media tools (i.e. cell phones) to publicly present a collective story from multiple contributors through portraiture, using the photography blog platform, Tumblr. For adults: Adult Book Club A weekly book club for adults will be hosted to read and discuss the novel. Group will be facilitated by a peer and a retired educator. Dialogue An intergenerational dialogue about the stereotypes, perceptions, and mediated representation of teens and young adults of color. Public Screening and Post Discussion A screening of the documentary Life on the Line, a film about a teen that lives in Mexico and attends school in the United States. The film will serve as a springboard to discuss issues related to youth culture and the perception(s) of immigration. The William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Truly a community facility, the center’s programs reflect the artistic efforts and history of the neighborhood. Located in the historic Black Arts District of West Adams, the center highlights African American artists of all disciplines as well as regularly features the work of local multi-cultural artists. For more information about the dates and times for reading group, art classes, and workshops, call 323.734.1165.

Event Location: William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 South West View Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 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 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: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

International Art Program with Consejo Nacional Para La Cultura y Las Artes / Centro Cultural Tijuana

Centro Cultural Tijuana will host a reading group for The Big Read Program in LA, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea’s "Into the Beautiful North." Participants will also enjoy an art workshop, using cell phones to create photo-videos, which will be included in an exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles Gallery. A screening of 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. Centro Cultural Tijuana was founded in 1982. This program is presented and organized by the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. For more information, call 213.417.8384.

Event Location: Centro Cultural Tijuana , Paseo de los Héroes, No. 9350 / Zona Urbana Río Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

Live Reading of "Into the Beautiful North"

Join hundreds of Angelenos at downtown's Bookfest at Grand Park. The afternoon welcomes a live reading of "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea on the grand stage. After the live reading, stop by the Big Read booth to pick up a coloring book, information about the 2015 Big Read in LA activities, or to make art inspired by books.

Event Location: Bookfest at Grand Park, Grand Park at Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

"The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears" Community Book Discussion at BookMamas

Indianapolis residents are invited to discuss themes of the book during this program led by expert guides from the Indianapolis Writers Center. Free copies of the book are available at any IndyPL location.

Event Location: BookMamas, 9 S. Johnson Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46219

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Community: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Namesake

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 3-5)Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA, 22932

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

Into the Beautiful North

Toy Design - Art in 3D

Create an action figure based on the characters in the book, "Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea, by sculpting, painting, and designing clothes and accessories. This class is highly creative and very hands on, from concept to final product. Participants are taught by leading artists and toy and entertainment design professionals. Activities also include reading and discussing the Big Read title as the basis for the source material. Sun Valley Youth Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. It is listed in the register of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments (#644 ). Known as the “Stone House,” the structure’s exterior surface is covered by native river rock and gives it its distinguished character. The Arts Center opened in November, 2006, as a Proposition K site with a mission to provide arts instruction and arts program to youth. The site consists of two structures, the main building (“Stone House”) and an art studio. The Stone House’s art programs are taught by dedicated and experienced artists and art instructors. The center offers exhibitions, special cultural events, and a regular schedule of studio art classes that for all ages throughout the year. For more information, call 818.252.4619.

Event Location: Sun Valley Youth Arts Center - Stone House, 8642 Sunland Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 91352

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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