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2012 Big Read

Above: Alice Juarez from New Haven Middle School spends some time reading "A Wizard of Earthsea" as part of the 2012 Big Read presented by St. Catharine College.

A young boy discovers that he has a talent for magic and casting spells. So great is his power, that his abilities soon become legend. A dead spirit makes its way into world, attacking the boy and placing a scar on his face. The boy hones his skills by attending a renowned school for wizards, where he quickly learns to master his craft. While this may sound like something straight out of a Harry Potter novel, it isn't. This premise is the setting for Ursula K. Le Guin's 1968 novel "A Wizard of Earthsea", written 29 years before the first Harry Potter book. Le Guin's novel will be the subject of the 2012 Big Read at St. Catharine College, the only location in Kentucky to receive this year's grant.

"We are the only location in Kentucky to receive this grant for 2012," said Evelyn Silliman, Director of the rtl3 Reading program at SCC. "This is the second year the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded The Big Read grant to St. Catharine and the tri-county region."

This year, it was even tougher to get the grant because of cuts to federal spending.

"In the past, there were over 200 grants available across the country," added Silliman. "This year, there were only 75 grants available, but our application was approved and we were awarded another grant."

There are several Big Read events scheduled in Washington, Marion and Nelson counties throughout the month of March.

"The Big Read is important because it unites the tri-county region with SCC as we engage in common reading, activities, and conversation," Silliman said. "In short, The Big Read successfully draws us together as a community with common interests and goals. This year, our tri-county librarians and St. Catharine have chosen A Wizard of Earthsea to read together during the month of March from NEA's list of 27 accepted books.  This young adult novel attracts all ages of readers as we venture into a world of wizards and demons in a landscape symbolic of the earth we know, bespeaking our unrelenting responsibility to this earth, our fellow creatures, and ourselves.  In addition to our local public library partners, we are excited to welcome over 300 local public and private school children in the three counties who are participating in the 2012 Big Read in Central Kentucky."

Dr. Devin Brown, Professor of English at Asbury University, will offer his expertise on the subject of fantasy writing during The Big Read Kick-Off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Pettus Auditorium, located in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. Brown will offer insights about Ursula K. Le Guin. Following his presentation, Dr. Brown will sign copies of his novel Not Exactly Normal, along with his non-fiction works Inside Narnia, Inside Prince Caspian and Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

If anyone is interested in participating in The Big Read, they can contact their local library to pick up a free copy of the book and a schedule. They can also contact Evelyn Silliman at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1322.

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St. Catharine College Kicks Off The Big Read for 2012

Join St. Catharine College as we launch The Big Read for 2012. Share an evening with noted expert on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Dr. Devin Brown of Asbury University. Dr. Brown’s talk is titled “Why Read Fantasy?” and will include insights about Ursula

Le Guin and this year’s book choice, A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Afterward, you are invited to a reception in Hamilton Health & Science Building, where Dr. Brown will sign his novel, NOT EXACTLY NORMAL, and his nonfiction books, INSIDE NARNIA, INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN, INSIDE THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.

Event Location: St. Catharine College, Pettus Auditorium, St. Catharine, KY 40061

Date: Sun, Feb 26, 2012                   Time: 6:00pm  – 7:30pm

 

Marion County Launches The Big Read

Join friends and neighbors for The Big Read kick-off at Marion County Public Library. Pick up your free copy of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and visit with our librarians as we prepare for a month of celebrating fantasy writing. There will be wizards and magic for all! (Stop in from 4:30 – 5:30 for a magical reception.)

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Thurs, Mar 1, 2012                   Time: 10:00am  – 6:00pm

 

Magic Meets Science in Nelson County

Magic meets science at Nelson County Public Library as we create bubbling brews, move things without touching them, and learn to grow crystals! (Program intended for ages 13 – 19.)

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Thurs, Mar 1, 2012                   Time: 4:00pm  – 6:00pm

 

Washington County The Big Read Kick-Off

Washington County Public Library kicks off The Big Read with the first of their “Fantasy Film Series.” Come for the film and pick up your free copy of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Stay to discuss the film and sign up for a discussion group for the novel.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 1, 2012                   Time: 5:00pm  – 7:00pm

 

Magical Storytime Wizards and More in Washington County

Don’t miss the story hour at Washington County Public Library. You’ll have wands and wizards and MORE! We’ll be reading and discussing A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Be ready to name your favorite storybook wizard.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2012                      Time: 5:00pm  – 6:00pm

 

Fantasy Film Series 2 for Washington County

Mark your calendar for the 2nd movie in our “Fantasy Film Series” celebrating fantasy writing. Adult Book Club meets at 5pm to enjoy the movie and discuss A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Join us for more wizardry and magic!

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 8, 2012                   Time: 5:00pm  – 6:00pm

 

Barnes and Noble Fantasy Writers Book Fair           

Join us at Barnes and Noble in Elizabethtown to meet local fantasy writers, who will sign their books. While you’re there, donate a book to St. Catharine College’s reading program with B&N’s Wish List Program for Educators. At the check out, use code # 10668937 or say, “I want to support the St. Catharine book fair” and a percent of your purchase price will help SCC buy books for student book clubs.  Barnes and Noble takes this opportunity to support St. Catharine College's r Reading Program and The Big Read!

Event Location: Barnes and Noble, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Date: Sat, Mar 10, 2012                     Time: 3:00pm  – 5:00pm

 

More Magic Mingled with Science in Nelson County!

More magic mingled with science in Bardstown!  This event is planned for children 5 – 12 years old. Create bubbling brews, move things without touching them, and learn to grow crystals! Don’t miss the magic in Bardstown!! Adult supervision is required.

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Tue, Mar 13, 2012                    Time: 6:00pm  – 7:30pm

 

The Big Read Goes to School

A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and The Big Read go to school today. Eight schools in the tri-county area have students who will be discussing the book and completing activities throughout the month of March. If you want to attend a discussion session in your local school, contact Evelyn Silliman at St. Catharine College at esilliman@sccky.edu or 859-336-5082. She will connect you with the teacher/school to facilitate your participation in the class’s discussion.

Event Location: Washington County, Marion County, Nelson County, and St. Catharine, KY

Date: Wed, Mar 14, 2012                  Time: 9:00am –  2:00pm

 

Magic and Mystery for Teens in Washington County!

More March Magic at Washington County Public Library! Teens stop by and check out the surprise crafts activities while you delve into A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA discussion with your friends.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Wed, Mar 14, 2010                  Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

 

Fantasy Film Series 3 in Washington County

The wizards are back! Come join us for film #3 in our “Fantasy Film Series.” The movie follows our Teen Book Club’s discussion of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Book Club meets at 4pm and movie begins at 5pm.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 15, 2012                      Time: 3:30pm  – 6:30pm

 

Anime Magic in Marion County!

Teens and Tweens join other anime enthusiasts for the viewing of the anime version of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Refreshments served and door prizes awarded.

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Thurs, Mar 15, 2012                        Time: 3:30pm  – 5:30pm

 

SCC Book Club Discussion

Join SCC’s Book Club for a discussion of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. What is your favorite fantasy novel? Why? Who is your favorite wizard? Why is Le Guin’s story so memorable? Bring all your questions—and answers—for a rousing conversation---Cookies, Conversation and Magic! An online book discussion will be available to all who cannot be present on March 15th.

Event Location: SCC’s  r Reading Program  Office (Lourdes Hall), St. Catharine, KY 40061

Date: Thurs, Mar 15, 2010                          Time: 5:00pm  – 6:00pm

 

Teen/Tween Book Discussion in Marion County

Teens and Tweens in Marion County are invited to the Public Library for an evening of conversation and fun as we discuss A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Bring your questions and ideas to share with us as we conclude our exploration of Le Guin’s famous fantasy novel.

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012                    Time: 4:00pm  – 5:00pm

 

Community Book Discussion for Adults

Ages 18 and over join us for a lively discussion of the fantasy novel A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Refreshments served.

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012                    Time: 5:00pm  – 6:00pm

 

Daytime Book Discussion Group in Nelson County

Come join our lunchtime community discussion of Ursula k. Le Guin’s A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Nelson County Public Library offers you a chance for interesting conversation and fellowship with your friends and neighbors around Bardstown. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2012                  Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

 

Magical Movie Finale

Join us as we wrap up our month long magical journey. All ages are invited to join us for a viewing of the film version of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Popcorn and movie concessions will be served and door prizes awarded! (Please note that children under the age of eleven will need a parent present to attend.)

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Thurs, Mar 22, 2012                       Time: 4:00pm  – 7:00pm

 

Fantasy Film Series 4 in Washington County

Fantasy film #4 in our series will be shown at Washington County Public Library on Thursday evening. Wave your wand and “Shazam,” you’ll be enjoying another fun-filled fantasy evening with your friends and neighbors in Springfield. Don’t miss it!

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 22, 2012                       Time: 5:00pm  – 7:00pm

 

Evening Book Discussion Group in Nelson County

Nelson County teens gather at the Public Library to delve into a world of wizardry and magic!  Bring your questions and ideas as we discuss A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA.

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Thurs, Mar 22, 2012                       Time: 6:00pm  – 7:30pm

 

Fantasy Film Event and The Big Read Finale for Nelson County

Join us at Nelson County Public Library as we watch Goro Miyazaki’s “Tales from Earthsea.” Following the film, we will discuss how Miyazaki’s world of Earthsea varies from that presented by Le Guin in our featured fantasy A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA.

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Thurs, Mar 29, 2012                       Time: 4:00pm  – 6:00pm

 

Fantasy Film Finale at St. Catharine College

St. Catharine College and the Washington County Public Library join to conclude the “Fantasy Film Series” by showing Goro Miyazaki’s vision of Le Guin’s novel in his “Tales from Earthsea.” Put on your best wizard wear (wands included, of course) to watch the movie and discuss our book as The Big Read 2012 in Central Kentucky draws to a close.

Event Location: St. Catharine College, Pettus Auditorium, St. Catharine, KY 40061

Date:  POSTPONED                   Time: TBA

 

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