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Movie: Mark Twain (by Ken Burns)

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Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
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Movie: Mark Twain
Released: 2001
Director: Ken Burns
Stars: Kevin Conway, Blythe Danner
Plays in: Auditorium
Rating: not rated
An acclaimed biographical film about Mark Twain, covering everything from his birth to his death.

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Movie: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:30am to 11:00am
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Discussion led by Dr. Jennifer Garlen to follow the movie:

Movie poster: A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's CourtMovie: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Released: 1949
Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming
Plays in: 2nd Floor Room
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A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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Mark Twain and His Short Stories

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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There will be a brief overview of the life of Twain, followed by a review of some short stories from The Complete Short Stories of MARK TWAIN, edited by Charles Neider.

Presenter: Joe Berry

The short story review will include the hilarious "Cannibalism in the Cars" and, if time allows, a discussion of "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," a story of the people of a small town who were pious to the point of being obnoxious and their fall from grace. It is both a story of humor and of the greed factor in all of us that we like to conceal, especially from ourselves. Twain had a good understanding of the human race!

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Book discussion: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 9:30am to 10:30am
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We will discuss Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as part of The Big Read.

Presenter: George McClellan

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"Mark Twain Tonight" with Hal Holbrook

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Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
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Join us to view a one-man play devised by Hal Holbrook, in which he depicts Mark Twain giving a dramatic recitation selected from several of Twain's writings, with an emphasis on the comic ones.

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Mark Twain Biography

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 9:30am to 10:30am
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This biographical overview of Mark Twain will include excerpts of two of Twain's classics: The Innocents Abroad and Life on the Mississippi. Experience Twain's unique writing style as you take in both the account of Mark Twain's travels abroad during the mid eighteenth century, and his memoir of his youthful years paddling the mighty Mississippi River. With numerous surprises, this writer's point of view may not be what you expect.

Presenter: Dr. John Conover

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Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table.This event is part of The Big Read. Read more about Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Knit 1, Read Too!: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley-a sequel to Tom Sawyer-the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck's and Jim's voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Author: 
Mark Twain
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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