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Events for: Wednesday, April 23, 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: Wed, Apr 23, 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 23, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: YMCA Writer's Voice

Book: True Grit

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: Wed, Apr 23, 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: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

True Grit

Reading Rodeo

Storytime and ToddlerTime sessions will feature Wild West games, books, crafts, snacks, and fun!

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

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Reading Rodeo

Storytime 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: Coeburn Community Library, 111 Third Street, Coeburn, VA, 24230

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Reading Rodeo

Storytime children will enjoy a week's worth of western-themed books, games, and activities.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

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 23, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Book: The Namesake

Housekeeping

Kingston: Classics in Religion Book Club 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 23, 2014

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Community: Bard College

Book: Housekeeping

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 23, 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: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

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 23, 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 23, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

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 23, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

The Great Gatsby

Teen Book Discussion Group

Our Teen Book Club explores real-life stories, suspense, and more. This month, they will be reading "The Great Gatsby" - free books given. Read, snack, talk. Register - Village.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

True Grit

Hangman Wii Tournament

Book Buddies (the Afterschool group) will host a Hangman Tournament (Wii Wheel of Fortune) and discuss the criminal justice system of the Wild West.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

True Grit

Western Jewelry Crafting

Book Buddies will enjoy crafting their own Western jewelry at this Afterschool event.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Maltese Falcon

Film Noir Series - Double Indemnity

See Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as they were before they became famous TV actors. “Double Indemnity,” is a scheming tale of insurance fraud from 1946.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: St. Tammany Parish Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Call of the Wild

"The Call of the Wild" Book Discussion with the Downtown Book Club

The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at Mother's Brewing Company. Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read selection, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. For adults age 21 and older.

Event Location: Mother's Brewing Company Tasting Room, 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO, 65806

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Things They Carried

Closing Celebration

Closing celebration featuring student contest winners, speakers, oral history presentations, performances and view the documentary film of the program.

Event Location: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, 4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Community College of Allegheny County

Book: The Things They Carried

The Call of the Wild

Local Hikes with Mike

No one knows the Ozarks wilds like Mike Mihalik. He's led countless hikes in the area and explored trails of all difficulty levels as a master naturalist and longtime volunteer with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Learn about some of the best hikes in the area for family-friendly day trips or adventurous excursions. For adults.

Event Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield, MO, 65802

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

The Great Gatsby

What makes “The Great Gatsby” Great?

Why is "The Great Gatsby" considered by many the great American novel? What is there about the character of Gatsby that makes him the representative great American protagonist? In this talk, Professor Patrick O'Donnell, chair of the English Department at Michigan State University and editor of the Penguin Classics edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, “This Side of Paradise,” and two early collections of short stories published in the single volume edition entitled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age stories, will discuss the many ways in which Fitzgerald's classic novel continues to speak to us nearly ninety years after its initial publication in 1925. Register - Crossroads.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Crossroads Branch, 1788 N. Old US-23, Howell, MI, 48843

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

Fahrenheit 451

One-Act Plays and Poetry Read-In at Washington High School

Students from Massillon Washington High School's theatre department will perform original one-act plays written by local authors, inspired by Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." Before the performances, winners from the Massillon Public Library's Poetry Contest will have an opportunity to read their entries. The event is free and open to the public; all ages are welcome and no reservations are required.

Event Location: 1 Paul E. Brown Dr., Massillon, OH, 44646

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Massillon Museum

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Into the Beautiful North

Spanish Language 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. This discussion will be conducted in Spanish. No registration required.

Event Location: Patio Room at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Santa Monica Public Library

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Old School

Cmty Event #8: Abraham Lincoln High

Event Location: 2162 24th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94116

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Community: Palo Alto Children's Theatre

Book: Old School

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. Each 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 - Jamestown Campus – Scharmann Theatre, 525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY, 14701

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Housekeeping

My Name is Ruth: An Evening with Bard Big Read and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping

Excerpts from Housekeeping, by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson will be read by Neil Gaiman, Nicole Quinn, and Mary Caponegro. Discussion and remarks with Bard professors Deirdre d'Albertis and Wyatt Mason. This event is free and open to the public, however reservations are necessary. Contact the Fisher Center box office.

Event Location: Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, 60 Manor Ave., Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 12504-5000

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Bard College

Book: Housekeeping

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Keynote Event: "Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Recovery"

Keynote Speaker: Alexandra Socarides presents " Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problems of Recovery" Despite our best efforts, Emily Dickinson remains the only nineteenth-century American woman poet to be taught in high schools and colleges as well as read by a general and robust audience. In this talk I describe the ways in which women’s poetry was everywhere in the nineteenth century and explore a new explanation for its erasure from literary history. By reading this poetry with knowledge of the cultural and literary conventions that shaped it and circulated it, I argue for a rethinking of our method of recovery – from one that takes its cues from our 21st-century desires to one that listens to the poetry itself. This is a free event and open to the public.

Event Location: The 1891 fredonia Opera House, Village Hall, Fredonia, NY, 14063

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 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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