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The Big Read

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Date:   August 2, 2012                  
For Immediate Release                                                         
Contact: Mimi Nothacker
985-893-6280 X120
mimi@stpl.us
                                                                                                             

 

St. Tammany Parish Library Announces
The Kick-Off of the State Wide Big Read in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish Library will launch its Big Read celebration of THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien with an  Opening Celebration at Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd., on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The Big Read in St. Tammany Parish Library is presented in partnership with Barnes and Noble, Friends of the Slidell Library, West St. Tammany Friends of the Library, and local high schools.

The Kick-Off event will feature an Opening Celebration at Slidell Branch Library, which will include the following event activities:

  • Welcome  and opening remarks by library director, Donald Westmoreland
  • Keynote address by Lane Carson, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Videos of Vietnam veteran’s oral histories filmed and compiled by Neil Guilbeau, Assistant Archivist, NSU

“O’Brien’s stories were published in 1990 but are anything but irrelevant to us today, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is honored to be a part of this Big Read with St. Tammany Parish Library”, said James Segreto, Director of the state wide activities for the LEH.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. St. Tammany Parish Library is one of 78 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2012 to June 2013. From September 6, through October 2, 2012, our community will celebrate THE THINGS THEY CARRIED with a full calendar of events for adults and teens including the following:

1. Book discussions of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, led by Dr. Susan Blalock
Dr. Blalock, an emeritus professor who has taught literature at St. Joseph Seminary College, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and Virginia Tech, will conduct a series of lively book discussion meetings, inviting participation from group members.

Two activities will be held at the Slidell and Causeway branch libraries. Each location’s activities will address different aspects of the novel, with a concluding session for final comments in each location. Slidell and Causeway Branch Library seating is limited to 25 adults.
See schedule below:

Branch Library

Address & Phone

Dates

Time

Slidell Branch
Meeting Room

555 Robert Blvd.
Slidell
985-646-6470

Wed. Sept 12
Wed. Sept 19
Wed. Sept 26

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Causeway Branch
Meeting Room

3457 Hwy 190
Mandeville
985-626-9779

Tues. Sept 18
Tues. Sept 25
Tues. Oct 2

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

2. “Military Leadership and the Vietnam War” lecture with Professor Harry Laver
Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. 985-646-6470
Friday, September 14, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

3. Film Series – Three war films featuring World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq
(Consult the library below for more information about the films.)
Causeway Branch Library, 3457 Hwy 190, Mandeville 985-626-9779
Monday, September 10, 17, and 24 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

4. Six programs for teens at various libraries related to The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Monday, September 10 at 6 pm

  • iCook – Vietnamese Spring Rolls SLIDELL

You will learn how to make delish snacks in this teen cuisine cooking club.  Tonight we will discuss the culture of Vietnam and make Spring Rolls.  YUM!

  • Manga Meet-up – Vietnamese Manga – MANDEVILLE

Tonight’s discussion will be on Manga and Graphic Novels in Vietnam, including the Vietnam War-based Manga Apocalypse Meow by Motofumi Kobayashi

Thursday, September 13 at 6 pm

  • iCook Vietnamese Spring Rolls -  COVINGTON

You will learn how to make delish snacks in this teen cuisine cooking club.  Tonight we will discuss the culture of Vietnam and make Spring Rolls.  YUM!

Saturday, September 15 at 2 pm

  • Movie Matinee – Forrest Gump (PG 13) – SLIDELL

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a kind simpleton who unwittingly finds himself in the middle of major milestones in American history. His involvement in Watergate and Vietnam and friendships with John Lennon and President Johnson are chronicled in a one-of-a-kind film that combines humor, heart-stopping emotion, and clever effects.

Monday, September 17 at 6 pm

  • Pizza and Pages Teen Book Club – SLIDELL

Come ready to discuss the chosen title over pizza.  Tonight’s title: Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.
Thursday, September 20 at 6 pm

  • iCraft, Vietnamese paper lanterns – COVINGTON

Tonight’s Do-It-Yourself craft will have you making beautiful paper lanterns while learning the history behind them for the Annual Moon Festival that takes place every fall.   

Saturday, September 22 at 2 pm

  • Movie Matinee – Forrest Gump (PG13) –COVINGTON

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a kind simpleton who unwittingly finds himself in the middle of major milestones in American history. His involvement in Watergate and Vietnam and friendships with John Lennon and President Johnson are chronicled in a one-of-a-kind film that combines humor, heart-stopping emotion, and clever effects.

Monday, September 24 at 6 pm

  • iCook – Vietnamese Spring Rolls MANDEVILLE

You will learn how to make delish snacks in this teen cuisine cooking club.  Tonight we will discuss the culture of Vietnam and make Spring Rolls.  YUM!

  • Writing Pics and Drawing Words - SLIDELL

This new teen event where teens hone in on their writing and drawing skills will focus on the Vietnam War.

Thursday, September 27 at 6 pm

  • Pizza and Pages Teen Book Club – COVINGTON

Come ready to discuss a book of your choosing on the chosen theme over pizza.  Tonight’s theme: Vietnam

5. Two high school programs featuring The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, led by secondary school teachers

6. Book Fair to benefit the library at Barnes and Noble

Visit our website www.sttammanylibrary.org for more information on library sponsored adult programs or comment on St. Tammany Parish Library Adult Programs on Facebook at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/StTammanyParishLibraryAdultPrograms.

The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for more than sixty years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. The library’s website offers access to downloadable audio and e-books, music downloads, research tools, magazines, and newspapers 24/7 and our programs and services are designed to meet residents’ cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs.

The National Endowment for the Artswas established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organization in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information please visit artsmidewest.org.



 



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