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Events for: Friday, April 29, 2016

The Maltese Falcon

Film Noir Poster Exhibit

Noir films may have been dark and shadowy, but their posters were quite the opposite. Visit the Library to view a display of film noir posters. Let the posters help you get into the mood for "The Maltese Falcon". The exhibit is on display during regular operating hours in the Library atrium.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

True Grit

Adventures in the Magic Tree House

Travel with Jack and Annie to distant times and lands as we explore books from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. "Gosht Town at Sundown." In conjunction with the Big Read, we'll explore cowboys, horses and the Wild West. Registration starts April 15; call 417-751-2933. For grades K-4.

Event Location: Ash Grove Branch community room, 101 E. Main St., Ash Grove, MO, 65604

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: True Grit

The Grapes of Wrath

"From a Cloud of Dust" Visual Arts Exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix

Local artists respond to images of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression depicting the stark realities of broken land, human migration and struggles for survival. On view through May 14 at ArtReach St. Croix. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday, 12-4pm Monday and Tuesday by appointment: 651-439-1465

Event Location: ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N 4th St, Stillwater, MN, 55082-4807

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Community: ArtReach St. Croix

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

"From a Cloud of Dust" Visual Arts Exhibition at Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center

Local artists respond to images of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression depicting the stark realities of broken land, human migration and struggles for survival. On view through through May 15.

Event Location: Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park, 200 Monroe St, Prescott, WI, 54021

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: ArtReach St. Croix

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Laurie Schneider, "Stewards of the Land" Gallery Exhibition

This traveling exhibition, featured in the library March-April 2016, helps people understand the relevance of regenerative farming in today’s world. Through the very nature of their work, regenerative farmers are creators and inventors, stewards and ambassadors, via the land they till and the food they grow. Laurie Schneider has been photographing this way of life for over 20 years. Her admiration is as clear and pure as the feelings we get from the moments she captures. From lionhearted barn cats to hand turned goat cheese, Laurie’s work will undoubtedly make you hungry for something farm fresh. Laurie Schneider is a recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for her work on Sustainable Farming. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: ArtReach St. Croix

Book: The Grapes of Wrath

Into the Beautiful North

The Big Read Story Share

The Big Read Story Share is a participatory project focused on fostering community connection through story exchange. Hamilton residents are encouraged to share a favorite Hamilton memory on postcards that will be collected by Grounds For Sculpture and the Hamilton Free Public Library. These postcards will then be sent to other Hamilton residents to create connections between neighbors. To participate, pick up a postcard at either Grounds For Sculpture or the Hamilton Free Public Library, add your story, and return it to the drop-box at the pickup location by May 31st.

Event Location: Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ, 08619-3451

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Community: Grounds For Sculpture

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Fahrenheit 451

The Ray Bradbury Typewriter: Special Viewing

The Ray Bradbury typewriter, Collection of Steve Soboroff, from one of the most important typewriter collections in the world, will be on view during this limited and special engagement in conjunction with The Big Read program in LA. The Ray Bradbury typewriter is one of thirty three original typewriters from famous authors and historical figures. The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles’ only institution exclusively dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft, design, and folk art. Located on the city’s historic Museum Row, CAFAM’s dynamic exhibitions feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful and provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM’s regular programs and events provide opportunities for the public to participate in art making and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, please call 323.937.4230 or email: info@cafam.org.

Event Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Maltese Falcon

Fashion of the 1930's-1940's Display

With the cooperation of the Fashion Study Collection at Columbia College Chicago, the Library will feature clothing and accessories inspired by film noir fashion style.

Event Location: 624 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Community: Columbia College Chicago Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Famous Fakes

An ongoing exhibit, similar to Art in the Library, of famous fakes and counterfeits. We print oversize copies of counterfeit items next to the original, with a story explaining the circumstances but not indicating which is which. At the end of the exhibit, participants can find out the real answer.

Event Location: Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor North, Chicago, IL, 60605

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Community: Columbia College Chicago Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Pima County Public Library Edgar Allan Poe Book Discussion Series

The Pima County Public Library will be featuring the works by and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe throughout their library system in a number of Group Book Discussion sessions. Mystery Book Clubs, Horror Book Clubs, Detective Book Clubs, Poetry Book Clubs and simply Poe Book Clubs will be reading and discussion the works of Poe throughout the Big Read Connects Tucson program from Fall 2015 - Spring of 2016. Come join the discussion!

Event Location: Various Library Branches Throughout Pima County, Tucson, AZ, 85705-3650

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Community: Literacy Connects

Book: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Carl Sandburg Festival

The Carl Sandburg Festival will hold a variety of events to celebrate the life of Carl Sandburg and his work. Please visit www.sandburg.edu/festival for more information. Galesburg Public Library partners with the Carl Sandburg Festival every year for The Big Read.

Event Location: Galesburg Public Library, , Galesburg, IL, 61401

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Community: Galesburg Public Library

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Fahrenheit 451

The Big Read Art Contest

In recognition of Ray Bradbury’s powerful belief in the importance of creativity and imagination, MCPL hosts a contest for teen artists to share their own vision of a powerful and imaginative invention from the pages of Fahrenheit 451: the robot dog, which plays a pivotal role in the story and gives it a stronger sci-fi feel. Submissions should be a single image no larger than a standard sheet of paper that shows the artist’s depiction of the robot dog; any medium and style (including line art, black-and-white, acrylics, digital art – anything!) is acceptable. Submissions must be accompanied by a completed MCPL Big Read Big Art Contest entry form, available at any branch location and online at mymcpl.org/big-read. The contest officially kicks off on April 16, coinciding with MCPL’s annual Access Art event (visit mymcpl.org/accessart for more details), and will conclude on April 30; announcement of the winning artist will soon follow. The winning artist will be selected by visiting artist Tim Hamilton and will receive a signed copy of Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. For more information about the contest and prizes for the winning artist, visit mymcpl.org/big-read.

Event Location: Mid-Continent Public Library, 15616 East US Hwy 24, Independence, MO, 64050-2057

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Mid-Continent Public Library

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

4-5-1: A Bradbury-esque Writing Challenge

As part of our Big Read celebration, MCPL’s Story Center will sponsor a writing contest to showcase – and reward! – Bradbury-esque writers in our community. The twist? All short story submissions must be no more than 451 words long. All contest entries must be original creative works submitted via email to wn@mymcpl.org between March 15 and April 30, 2016. In the book Zen in the Art of Writing, Bradbury described a prompt he employed early in his writing career. He made lists of nouns as triggers for potential stories. The lists were something like this: The lake. The night. The crickets. The ravine. The attic. The basement. The trapdoor. The baby. The crowd. The night train. The fog horn. The scythe. The carnival. The carousel. The mirror maze. The skeleton. This method kept him unblocked, writing and would someday churn out the storyline for Something Wicked This Way Comes. Your original work could begin with one of the nouns from Bradbury’s list, or you can create your own list. If you’re on Twitter, reply to the Twitter handle @YouAreCarrying with the word “inventory” and you’ll receive a list of nouns in reply. Whatever your inspiration, the story should be inventive, transporting and vivid. All entries will be considered for an anthology collection of contest submissions, which will be published by the Woodneath Press.

Event Location: Mid-Continent Public Library, 15616 East US Hwy 24, Independence, MO, 64050-2057

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Mid-Continent Public Library

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Little Libraries at Grand Park

WHAT’S PINK, STANDS ON ONE LEG, AND ISN’T A FLAMINGO? Grand Park’s Little Libraries encourages all to drop off a good book and/or pick one up to take home. May we suggest this year’s Big Read title, Fahrenheit 451? Little Libraries are these ridiculously adorable pink dollhouses that have been filled with a variety of books for all ages. You can find these pink dollhouses near Starbucks, on Olive Court, near the Metro station, and across from City Hall. Some things just don’t need much fuss in life. Lending libraries are one of them. They operate on 3 basic principles: 1. You take a book…or…You leave a book 2. You read the book (preferably on some park furniture or under a leafy Grand Park tree)…then 3. You do it all over again Find’em, fill’em, love’em! More info: grandparkla.org/littlelibraries

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

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

The Million Word Challenge / Reto de Un Millon de Palabras

The Big Read Program in LA has partnered with Families In Schools, an advocacy organization that involves parents and communities in their children’s education to ensure lifelong success. Reading is important for children to succeed in school and life! The Million Word Challenge encourages children, preschool – 12th grade, to read MILLIONS of words outside of school between February 16, 2016 - May 6, 2016. By reading together as a family, parents can help improve their children’s literacy skills and better their chances of graduating from high school. Register to become a participating family! Registration link: http://2016-million-word-family.eventbrite.com La lectura es importante para que los niños tengan éxito en la escuela y en la vida. El Reto de un Millón de Palabras alienta a los niños, desde el nivel preescolar hasta el 12 grado a que lean millones de palabras fuera de la escuela entre el 16 de febrero y el 6 de mayo de 2016. Al leer juntos como familia, los padres pueden ayudar a mejorar las habilidades de alfabetización de sus hijos e incrementar las posibilidades de que se gradúen de la escuela preparatoria. ¡Registrese para participar! Registracion: http://2016-million-word-family.eventbrite.com

Event Location: Families In Schools , various locations , Registration link: http://2016-million-word-family.eventbrite.com, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

The Literary Map of LA

City in Mind: A Lyrical Map of the Concept of Los Angeles (2011), an illustrated literary map of L.A., features Ray Bradbury and other significant writers and artists. Created by J. Michael Walker, it is drawn to scale: 1 foot on the map = 1 mile of Los Angeles. The map is 23-feet across and 5-feet high, and it is one of the largest pieces of art in the UCLA Library Special Collections. Created with color pencil on polypropylene paper, the map’s historical breadth and superior artwork make this one of Los Angeles’s most impressive and newest maps. UCLA Powell Library is a place for inquiry, creativity, and community. It offers students opportunities to discover their intellectual passions, explore their creative talents, and engage in community with others. The library’s services, spaces, collections, and programs promote student learning and success at UCLA and beyond. For more information, visit http://library.ucla.edu/powell To learn more about the literary map, visit www.jmichaelwalker.com

Event Location: Powell Library, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, 90095

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Hoja la /The Big Read in Boyle Heights

Hoja L.A. is a community reading group at Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library. Stop by to pick up a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 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 everybody 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 advocates 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 Lending Library, 1711 Mariachi Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Los Angeles Public Library Reading Groups and Related Activities

Library Reading Groups will take place at the following branches throughout Los Angeles: Arroyo Seco Baldwin Hills Brentwood Cahugena Central Library Durant El Sereno Granada Hills Malabar Memorial Mid-Valley North Hollywood Northridge Palisades Palms-Rancho Platt Playa Vista Silverlake Studio City Sunland-Tujunga Sylmar Valley Plaza Vernon Washington Irving Watts West Valley Westwood The Los Angeles Public Library hosts reading groups of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 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 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 branch site, please visit: lapl.org.

Event Location: Los Angeles Public Library, various sites, Los Angeles, CA

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

Gallery Discussion: Robinson Jeffers and David Ligare

Join David Ligare and guests for a discussion of poet Robinson Jeffers' influence on his paintings. Co-sponsored by the NEA's Big Read and the College's department of language and literacy education. This event is part of the Big Read celebration of Jeffers' work.

Event Location: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA, 30602

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Community: University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education

Book: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

Big Read Family Day: Robinson Jeffers Inspirations

Every month, the Georgia Museum of Art hosts Family Day, where kids of all ages are invited for a free activity that ties in with a current exhibition. This month, as part of the Big Read event focusing on Robinson Jeffers, the museum will feature art and poetry inspired by nature — and Jeffers. Led by Carissa DiCindio, this month's family day will give kids a chance to explore the world created by David Ligare, whose landscapes are influenced by Jeffers, and then create their own poetry. There will even be a microphone set up for public readings.

Event Location: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA, 30602

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Community: University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education

Book: The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

The Things They Carried

The Big Read: Peoria Reads FIlm Showing and Discussion

Bradley University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents a special cinema event featuring "Last Days in Vietnam." The documentary depicts the struggle of the small crew of U.S. diplomats and military operatives left in Saigon near the end of the Vietnam War. As the North Vietnamese Army closed in and the Communist victory appeared inevitable, the U.S. prepared to withdraw. When the anticipated evacuation of the South Vietnamese became terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicable optimism of the U.S. ambassador, however, the Americans grew concerned about the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. With time running out, several Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, in a desperate attempt to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible. The filmmaker of this documentary was Rory Kennedy, the youngest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, who was not yet born at the time of her father’s assassination in 1968. Following the film, Dr. David Thompson, Professor of History at Illinois Central College and OLLI class instructor, will lead a discussion about the events that took place in those final days of the war. $5 – includes admission and presentation. Advance registration is required, either by phone at 309-677-3900 or online at https://bradley.eventsair.com/CEPortal/olli-spring-2016/registration.

Event Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre, 222 Southwest Washington Street, Peoria, IL, 61602

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Peoria Public Library

Book: The Things They Carried

Fahrenheit 451

Sony Pictures CalArts CAP Media Arts Program

Students from all over Los Angeles participate in this media arts program. Students will read Fahrenheit 451 and create original short films, which will be screened at the culminating event. This 30-week, tuition-free media arts program, held after-school twice a week, is for middle school students aged 10 to 14. Students learn drawing and painting techniques and how to draw from a model, animate, put together an art portfolio, and create artwork on computers. The program culminates in a public exhibition and screening of the artwork produced by the students. This program is part of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, a partnership between the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Program sites: Banning’s Landing Community Cultural Center 100 E. Water Street Wilmington, CA 91303 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center 10620 Graham Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90002 Pacoima City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 91331 William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center 2332 W. Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90057 For more information, please call 661.222.2708.

Event Location: various locations, Los Angeles, CA

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Poetry Meets Moden Art

LACMA Teens poetry reading inspired by Fahrenheit 451 and Modern Art. Themes from Fahrenheit 451 and others along the lines of Dystopia, Political Climate, Blacklisting and Post WW II will be expressed alongside a work of Modern Art through short poems performed in the gallery by fifteen LACMA High School student interns. For more information, please call 213.202.5567 or visit: lacma.org. This program is offered by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Education Department.

Event Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) , Modern Art Gallery, Ahmanson Building, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Things They Carried

Library Discussion Event-4

A discussion hosted at Kaw Nation's Library and Learning Center of Tim O'Brien's fictionalize memoir "The Things They Carried". This event is open to the public, local veterans, and tribal veterans.

Event Location: Kaw Nation Library and Learning Center , 803 Washunga , Kaw City , OK, 74641

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Kaw Nation

Book: The Things They Carried

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