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Big Read kicks off at library

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 11:26 a.m. CDT

Kick off the Big Read with a great adventure from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at DeKalb Public Library. Everyone is invited to join in whitewashing the library’s “Tom Sawyer” fence, which will be displayed outside during the month of October.

Stay for a picnic as healthy snacks and refreshments are offered in the library’s new “picnic grove.” There will be games and activities that were popular in the 1800s, including jacks, hopscotch, graces, ring toss and more. Prizes will be available to the winners of each game. In the event of rain, the library will move the event indoors.

Throughout October, there are many events scheduled all over the county related to the Big Read. During the first week, there will be a panel discussion at the Ellwood House Visitor’s Center at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The topic will be “Why Read Mark Twain?” The panel will talk about the language, social class, stereotype and other characteristics in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” What makes Mark Twain relevant today?

The keynote event will be Jim Post in “Mark Twain and the Laughing River” at the Egyptian Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Post is fantastic as Mark Twain in this funny and witty performance. He will incorporate all types of information gems about Twain’s life, his books and a little music. Attendees can learn why Twain is one of history’s greatest writers.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.dkpl.org. All events are free and open to the public. Big Read books will be handed out at each event. There will be 6,000 books given to the community, including schools, libraries and other organizations.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

For more information, contact edithc@dkpl.org or call 815-756-9568, ext. 260. The DeKalb Public Library is open seven days a week and is located at 309 Oak St. in DeKalb.

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