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Celebrate All Things Hobbit with the Library

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and his popular titles, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” won’t want to miss all the programs devoted to their hero during the Library’s Tolkien Festival 2012 beginning Friday.

And if you’d like to experience more of Tolkien – or experience his work for the first time – the Springfield-Greene County Libraries have 55 different Tolkien-related items for checkout: books, audiobooks, movies, music from the movies, story collections for all ages. We have multiple copies of many of those items, too.

Our observance centers around World Hobbit Day, Saturday, Sept. 22, and continues through December, timed with the expected winter release of the major motion picture version of “The Hobbit.”

The festival kicks off with Hobbit Extravaganza from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday for all ages at the Willard Branch Library. The 75th anniversary of Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will include trivia, games, door prizes, costumes and activities. The 1978 animated version of “The Lord of the Rings,” rated PG, will be shown throughout the day.

On Saturday, celebrate World Hobbit Day at three branches.

From 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Brentwood Branch Library, all ages are invited for fun and games. At 2 p.m. learn about the food that hobbits enjoy and make some of your own.

At 11 a.m. in the Library Center auditorium, all ages are invited to make hobbit crafts and celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday.

At 11:45 a.m. in the Library Station Frisco Room, all ages can celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s shared birthday at the Long-Expected Party, go barefoot inside our hobbit hole and eat birthday cake and solve riddles.

At 1 p.m. back at the Library Center, all ages are invited to watch the animated version of “The Hobbit,” not rated.

The festival includes book discussions and other events in October and November, and two special presentations by Tolkien scholar Justin Noetzel, who will talk about Tolkien’s life and literary inspirations. He’ll talk at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Brentwood Branch and at 7 p.m. that day at the Library Center.

You can see the full schedule of events in the fall Bookends (cover art by David T. Wenzel, known for his graphic novel adaptation of “The Hobbit”), or go to thelibrary.org/programs for Tolkien programs and more.

Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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