Woman Wearing VR Headset
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Library
Thursday, May 30 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Ages 12 and Up: Test drive the HTC Vive virtual reality headset by immersing yourself in a 3D environment. Play a game or visit a faraway destination. 
Woman Wearing VR Headset
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Library
Wednesday, May 29 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Ages 12 and Up: Test drive the HTC Vive virtual reality headset by immersing yourself in a 3D environment. Play a game or visit a faraway destination. 
Woman Wearing VR Headset
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Library
Tuesday, May 28 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Ages 12 and Up: Test drive the HTC Vive virtual reality headset by immersing yourself in a 3D environment. Play a game or visit a faraway destination. 
Woman Wearing VR Headset
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Library
Friday, May 24 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Ages 12 and Up: Test drive the HTC Vive virtual reality headset by immersing yourself in a 3D environment. Play a game or visit a faraway destination. 
Woman Wearing VR Headset
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Library
Thursday, May 23 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Ages 12 and Up: Test drive the HTC Vive virtual reality headset by immersing yourself in a 3D environment. Play a game or visit a faraway destination. 
Woman Wearing VR Headset
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Library
Wednesday, May 22 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Ages 12 and Up: Test drive the HTC Vive virtual reality headset by immersing yourself in a 3D environment. Play a game or visit a faraway destination. 
Headlights, Grill and Front Tire of a Classic Car
South Entrance
Main Library
Sunday, March 31 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Celebrate the closing of another successful Big Read program with refreshments, live music performed by Crossroads Brass Band and a classic car display.
Cover: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
West Branch Meeting Room A
West Branch Library
Thursday, March 21 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The child of emancipated slaves, Jack Johnson fought violent segregation and the racism of white America during the era of Jim Crow to become the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world. In The Big Smoke, poet Adrian Matejka uses the voices of Johnson and the many white women that he loved to examine Johnson's complicated legacy: his childhood in poverty, his flashy personality and wealth, his brutal relationships with his lovers and his pinnacle match against the former undefeated world heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries in Reno, Nevada.
Big Read 2019 Logo: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Main Library
Wednesday, March 27 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
For forty years, Penn State University and its beloved head football coach "St. Joe" Paterno could do no wrong in the eyes of the citizens of the area known as Happy Valley. This all changed in November 2011, when the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Not rated. Refreshments will be served.
Woman Writing in Notebook
LifeLong Learning Center
Main Library
Saturday, March 23 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Amy Ash, English Professor and director of Indiana State University's Creative Writing Program will guide a poetry workshop based on The Big Smoke. After discussing Adrian Matejka's poems, and persona poems specifically, attendees will write a poem from the perspective of a figure from history or pop culture.

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