Monday, January 25, 2010

The Big Read: Alabama Reads Starts Tue. Feb. 2 at Homewood Public Library

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) & Arts Midwest. The initiative is designed to promote reading for pleasure, to reintroduce the “classics” of literature, & to promote book discussion & exploration. This year Alabama libraries are participating in a statewide Big Read using the title The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Here are some of the great programs going on in Homewood: (all programs are at the Homewood Public Library unless otherwise noted)

The Big Read: Alabama Reads Kickoff
Tuesday, February 2nd, from 11am - 4pm
Drop by the Homewood Public Library to help us kickoff a celebration of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain! We'll have snacks, information on the Big Read: Alabama Reads & a chance to win your own copy of the book.

Tasty Reads Book Group
Tuesday, February 9th, at 6:30pm
Join the Tasty Reads book group for light refreshments & a lively discussion of The Big Read: Alabama Reads title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

Homewood High School Book Club
Tuesday, February 23rd, at 3:15pm
Grades 9-12. Join us at HHS after school to talk about this month’s title! My Jim, by Nancy Rawles, is the story of Sadie Watson, the woman Jim left behind when he rafted down the Mississippi with young Huck Finn. 

Teen Sawyers
Wednesday, February 24th, at 3:30pm.
Grades 6-12. Put on your overalls & join us to decorate your own straw hat, participate in a frog jumping contest & have some snacks. 

Jim Aycock presents Mark Twain
Thursday, March 11th, at 1pm.
Local actor & musician Jim Aycock will be Mark Twain, presenting his stories & wit to the 7th graders at Homewood Middle School.

“Plenty to Eat But Nothing to Do”
Monday, March 15th, at 3:30pm
Ages 0-10. Mark Twain wrote 'Plenty to eat but nothing to do' in an unfinished sequel to the Tom & Huck book. Join us for this kind of afternoon; good snacks & nothing to do but enjoy a great movie. 

Dead Cats & Spunkwater
Wednesday, March 17th, at 12:15pm.
Join local storyteller Dolores Hydock for her presentation of Dead Cats & Spunkwater: Superstitions & Strange Logic in the Writings of Mark Twain. Bring your lunch - we'll supply drinks & dessert. 

The 'Calaveras County Frog Jumping Contest'
Thursday, March 18th, at 10:30am.
Ages 0-10. Come see which frog will be Homewood Library's 'Calaveras County Frog Jumping' Champion. We provide the 'frogs' & snacks! The winner will be honored with a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This program will be held outdoors & may be canceled in the event of rain. 

An Evening With Mark Twain
Thursday, April 22nd, at 6:30pm.
Local actor & musician Jim Aycock will be Mark Twain, presenting Twain's stories & wit for all ages. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Download our program schedule here!

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