The Big Read

Movie: Mark Twain (by Ken Burns)

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

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.

This LearningQUEST event is open to the public.

Movie: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:30am - 11:00am

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
Rating: not rated

Mark Twain and His Short Stories

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Book discussion: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 9:30am - 10:30am

We will discuss Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as part of The Big Read.

Presenter: George McClellan

This LearningQUEST event is open to the public.

"Mark Twain Tonight" with Hal Holbrook

Location: Main Library
Date: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

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.

This LearningQUEST event is open to the public.

Mark Twain Biography

Location: Main Library
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 9:30am - 10:30am

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

Becky Thatcher Tea Party

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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.

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

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am

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.

Russell Readers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

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.

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