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Celebrate the Big Read with Richard Peck

Patrons of all ages are invited to attend Big Read Celebration with Richard Peck from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, April 30, in the auditorium at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Spend an evening celebrating the Big Read and this year’s title "A Long Way from Chicago" with author Richard Peck. The schedule for the program is:

  • 5 p.m. The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County will display school items from the 1930s.
  • 6 p.m. Learn what Springfield was like in the 1930s from Local History librarian John Rutherford.
  • 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a reader's theater performance of an excerpt from "A Long Way from Chicago" by the Willard South Elementary After School Actors.
  • 7 p.m. Richard Peck presents, "From Grapes of Wrath to Grapes of Mirth," followed by a book signing.
  • 8 p.m. Queen City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adeline's International performs.

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Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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