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Events for: Tuesday, March 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Great Gatsby

Early Learning Storytime and the Big Read

Stories will tie in themes from The Great Gatsby. Geared for ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

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

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

A Wizard of Earthsea

Wizard of Earthsea Book Discussion

Event Location: Mt. Carmel Senior Center, 17038 Prettyboy Dam Road , Parkton, MD, 21120

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Community: Towson University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

Into the Beautiful North

Heritage Village Book Discussion

Book discussion of Into the Beautiful North.

Event Location: 2105 S. Cynthia, Edinburg, Texas, 78539

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Community: The University of Texas-Pan American

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Community: San Leandro Public Library

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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

Into the Beautiful North

Reading Groups at the Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library will bring The Big Read program to its local branch locations, serving some 4 million residents. Participating library branches will host a book group to read and discuss this year's title, "Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. Libraries will also host a complementary program, such as a film screening, lecture, or other related activity. The library will provide a copy of the book to each library patron who signs up for The Big Read program in LA. The program is FREE. For information about specific library branches participating in The Big Read in LA, go to lapl.org, or call 213.202.5567.

Event Location: various sites, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Community: Northeastern State University

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Maltese Falcon

Book Discussion - Edwards Public Library

Adult Book Club discussion of “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton, MA 01073. Call 413-527-9480 for more information. Copies of “The Maltese Falcon” will be available at the circulation desk. Perhaps you have seen the movie and you are a huge Bogie fan, but have you actually read “The Maltese Falcon”? Join our book club on Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 pm, to discuss whether or not Sam Spade is the ultimate anti-hero, and to ponder what exactly is ‘the stuff that dreams are made of”? Come participate in a book discussion of the All Hamptons Read book. Every book discussion participant will receive a free ticket to attend the screening of the Maltese Falcon on April 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Event Location: Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton, MA, 01073

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Community: Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum

Book: The Maltese Falcon

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: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DeCaprio

Myers Memorial Library will be showing The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DeCaprio on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 & 6:30. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Location: Myers Memorial Library, 23 Ivory Street, Frewsburg, NY, 14738

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Maltese Falcon

Junior Detective Preschool Story time

Join us for a Big Read story times with detective and mystery theme.

Event Location: Shaver Lake Library, 41344 Tollhouse Road , Fresno, CA, 93664

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

A Wizard of Earthsea

Big Read Book Discussion

Come join us to discuss "The Wizard of Earthsea" with OU Professor and award-winning author, Mel Odom. You may stop by the library to pick up a free copy of the title to read before the event. Refreshments will be served--anyone for "Dragon Pie"?

Event Location: Blanchard Public Library, 205 N.E. 10th Street, Blanchard, OK, 73010

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Community: Pioneer Library System

Book: A Wizard of Earthsea

The Namesake

Meet the Author: Kashmira Sheth

Meet the author of Boys Without Names, Keeping Corner, and Blue Jasmine. This presentation will focus on Sheth’s middle grade and young adult titles. The author will be able to answer questions from the audience. All ages. Registration recommended but not required.

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

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

The Maltese Falcon

Family Mystery Activity Night

Join the Children’s Room for a fun night of mystery. Chet Gecko is on the trail for the coveted Malted Falcon ticket. Come help him solve the mystery by decoding 4 clues in the library to locate the ticket. Just like Chet, satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolaty treat when you follow the clues. For children and families only. Activity based on the "The Malted Falcon" by Bruce Hale.

Event Location: 40 E Simmons Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Galesburg Public Library

Book: The Maltese Falcon

The Great Gatsby

Big Read Movie Night at Prendergast Library

Geared for adults. This movie will celebrate the roaring ‘20s’ and lifestyles similar to characters in The Great Gatsby. Visit the Information desk for title information. Adult. This is a free event.

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

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Namesake

Saris and Shalwars

Explore India’s various types of dress and the traditions, culture and customs that surround them. Try on outfits and learn to tie a sari. Class taught by Gypsy McMillian. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins March 9. Limit 15 participants.

Event Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA, 22590

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Community: Jefferson Madison Regional Library

Book: The Namesake

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