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Big Read Events (by date)

Friday, April 1, 2016

"True Grit" Waverly House Art Reception

5-7:30 p.m. at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery For adults

Join us at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly, for a reception for the artists accepted in the "True Grit Juried Art Show" with works inspired by the Big Read title, "True Grit." The winner of the show will be announced at the reception. Works will be on display at the Waverly House April 1-May 21.

First Friday Art Walk

6-9 p.m. at Park Central Branch Library For adults

Join us for First Friday Art Walk including an art talk and the opening of a new exhibit.

At 8 p.m. contemporary Western oil painter Andy Thomas will talk about his paintings, many of which depict images of the American West, and demonstrate his technique for bringing history to life on canvas. On Display: Horse and Western Art by Jennifer Leeper.

Stories of the West with Marideth Sisco and Bo Brown

6:30 p.m. at Fox Theater For all ages

Enjoy stories, songs and music of the American West performed by singer and folklorist Marideth Sisco with additional music by Bo Brown at the historic Fox Theatre, part of the History Museum on the Square.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Evening Book Discussion

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Temporary Brentwood Branch Library For adults

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

Charles Portis and "True Grit"

7-8:15 p.m. at Library Center For all ages

Join us for a lively discussion of "True Grit" and author Charles Portis by Jay Jennings, a Portis scholar, personal friend and editor of "Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany." Jay will sell and sign books afterwards.

NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

7:30 p.m. at Library Center For ages 20-39

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Northview Book Discussion

10:30 a.m. at Northview Center For senior adults

Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St.

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

"True Grit" at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lindberg's Tavern For age 21 and older

Read "True Grit" by Charles Portis and join us at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club at Lindberg's Tavern, 318 W. Commercial Street, for book-inspired music and half-time trivia. Wild Bob's is a one-of-a-kind Springfield experience in which local singer-songwriters create and perform original songs inspired by the monthly book selection. $5 cover.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Bookies

1 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library For ages 20-40

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

"True Grit" at the Moxie

1-4:15 p.m. at Moxie Cinema For age 13 and older

Enjoy the second movie adaption of Charles Portis' 1968 novel "True Grit," rated PG-13, directed, written and produced by the Coen brothers. Following the movie, Dr. Tim White from Missouri State University's Media and Film Department will present "True Grit: Baroque Western and Postmodern Western." They say that a Hollywood period piece tells the viewer much more about the time period during which it was made than it does about the period it depicts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the two adaptations of Charles Portis's 1968 novel, "True Grit." Dr. White will explain why a look at these two films will tell us as much about Hollywood as it will about the west. Admission is free to this Big Read event.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Big Read Trivia Night at Patton Alley Pub

7-9 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub For age 21 and older

Bring your friends in teams of 2-6 to a special night of literary trivia based on the Big Read title, "True Grit" by Charles Portis. At Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Big Read Book Discussion

5 p.m. at Strafford Branch Library For adults

Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read title, "True Grit" by Charles Portis.

Judge Parker: Outlaws and the American West

7-8:15 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Join us as Tom Wing, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, talks about "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker, deputies, outlaws and hangings.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Discussion

1 p.m. at Library Center For adults

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

"True Grit" Book Discussion for Teens

4 p.m. at Fair Grove Branch Library For grades 6-12

Join us for a special teen book discussion of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. Refreshments will be provided.

Big Read Book Talk at Barnes & Noble

7-9 p.m. at Barnes and Noble For adults

Two local authors, Vincent Anderson, author of "Bald Knobbers: Chronicles of Vigilante Justice," and Larry Wood, author of "Wicked Springfield: The Seamy Side of the Queen City," will talk about their works with emphasis on crime in the late 19th century, the setting for "True Grit." Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. At Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone Ave.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Happy Trails to You, Lil' Buckaroos!

9:30 a.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library For infants-age 6

Dress up in your best cowboy or cowgirl get-up and join us for stories and songs around the "campfire."

Songs of Pluck and Gumption

7-8:30 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player Dana Cooper will perform music inspired by "True Grit."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Horse Hootenanny

1 p.m. at Strafford Branch Library For infants-age 6

Little cowboys and cowgirls get to horse around as we wrangle up some crafts, songs and contests.

Pony Tales

2 p.m. at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park For all ages, families

Come on down to the Rutledge Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, to meet some of our animal friends and explore one of Springfield's best family spaces. We'll share farm stories, songs, crafts and activities in celebration of the Big Read title, "True Grit."

Monday, April 18, 2016

Buckaroo Storytime

10:30 a.m. at Temporary Brentwood Branch Library For all ages

Come on down for stories, songs, activities and books that celebrate the cowpoke in all of us. We'll have a special cowboy guest to serenade us, so don your Western wear for a down-home, boot-stompin' good time!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Discussion

1:30 p.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library For adults

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

Poetry, Songs and Stories of an American Cowboy

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Singing cowboy Gary McMahan, a genuine cowboy, poet and storyteller, will entertain you with tales and tunes of cowboys and the great American West. CDs will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brown Bag Travelogue

noon at Temporary Brentwood Branch Library For adults

Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

Travel Through History -- Clothing in the Time of "True Grit." Fashion historian Nancy Farris-Thee will take you on a time-traveling adventure as she talks about clothing styles from the time period of "True Grit."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Buckaroo Storytime

10:30 a.m. at Temporary Brentwood Branch Library For all ages

Come on down for stories, songs, activities and books that celebrate the cowpoke in all of us. We'll have a special cowboy guest to serenade us, so don your Western wear for a down-home, boot-stompin' good time!

South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

1:30 p.m. at South Side Senior Center For senior adults

We meet every third Thursday of the month at the South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave.

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

Buckaroo Storytime

4 p.m. at Temporary Brentwood Branch Library For all ages

Come on down for stories, songs, activities and books that celebrate the cowpoke in all of us. We'll have a special cowboy guest to serenade us, so don your Western wear for a down-home, boot-stompin' good time!

Author John Erickson presents: Hank the Cowdog in Concert

7-8:15 p.m. at Springfield Art Museum For kids, family

You love Head of Ranch Security Hank the Cowdog, now come meet Hank's creator! Author John Erickson will join us at the Springfield Art Museum for an evening of stories and songs about the Hank the Cowdog. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book Discussion

1:30 p.m. at Temporary Brentwood Branch Library For adults

"True Grit" by Charles Portis.

Guns of the West and "True Grit"

7-8:15 p.m. at Library Center For adults

David Kennedy, curator of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Ark., will talk about some of the famous and not-so famous guns used in the American West, with a focus on the guns from the book and two film versions of "True Grit."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Show Us Your True Grit

7:30-9 p.m. at BookMarx Book Store For adults

Winners of the Library's Flash Fiction Contest will read their works at the monthly local writers series at BookMarx Book Store, 325 E. Walnut St.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Adventures in the Magic Tree House

9:30-11 a.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library For grades K-4

Travel with Jack and Annie to distant times and lands as we explore books from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.

"Ghost Town at Sundown." In conjunction with April's Big Read, we'll explore cowboys, horses and the Wild West.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Professor Farquar's Medicine Show

2 p.m. at Library Station For kids, families

Step right up for a great show of music, magic and mirth from Professor Farquar's Great American Medicine Show! There'll be no snake oil sales, just laughter and tales from the age of the cowboy during this recreation of a 19th century sideshow with a historic twist.

Professor Farquar's Medicine Show

7 p.m. at Library Center For kids, families

Step right up for a great show of music, magic and mirth from Professor Farquar's Great American Medicine Show! There'll be no snake oil sales, just laughter and tales from the age of the cowboy during this recreation of a 19th century sideshow with a historic twist.