Woman Writing in Notebook
LifeLong Learning Center
Main Library
Saturday, March 23 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Amy Ash, Assistant Professor of English 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 select a figure from history or pop-culture and write a poem from their perspective, going beyond the old adage "write what you know," and instead considering  what we can discover, and who we can become.
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 success Big Read anytime between 2:00-4:00 at the VCPL's South Entrance. Celebrate with Jack Johnson's favorite thing:  classic cars. There will be live music by Crossroads Brass Band as well as refreshments.
Close Up of Football Helmet
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 15 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bradley Sage, Program Director of the Professional Athletic Training Program at IU will discuss ways to reconcile the increasingly negative effects with the positive aspects in regard to sport. Sylvester "Coach" Edwards, Terre Haute's own NAACP President, athlete, coach, teacher, and community volunteer will discuss the ways our community has not always done right by young people who play sports, as well as changes we can make to create a positive outcome for our athletes, schools and spectators. Refreshments will be served.
Cover: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
West Branch Meeting Room A
West Branch
Thursday, March 21 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Jack Johnson was the first African American to earn the title of World Heavyweight Champion. In his book of narrative poetry, author Adrian Matejka explores the life of this incredible man through four distinct viewpoints - Johnson himself, and the white women he dared to love in a time of segregation and division. The Big Smoke is the NEA's 2019 Big Read book.
Pink Watercolor Background with Rose Gold Lines
Clabber Girl
Community Locations
Wednesday, March 20 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Celebrate the women that are making history right here in the Wabash Valley. Rebecca Moore, the Community Prevention Specialist for Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CODA), a victim advocate and preventative specialist will be honored at this special event. Breakfast will be served.
NEA Big Read 2019: The Big Smoke Logo
VCPL Conference Room
Main Library
Thursday, March 28 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us for refreshments, conversation and a taste of the artistry in our community as awards are presented. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and People's Choice, as voted by library customers.
Poster: The Hurricane
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Main Library
Monday, March 4 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Denzel Washington is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a young black boxer who is set to become the world's greatest boxing champion until he is wrongly imprisoned for a triple murder. Carter is set to serve a lifetime in prison until help comes from an unlikely source. Rated R. Refreshments will be served.
Picnic Basket with Red Gingham Blanket Sticking Out of It
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
West Branch
Monday, March 25 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Grab a snack and explore free verse, rhymes, limericks, and haiku poems at this Big Read event for kids inspired by Adrian Matejka's book of poetry The Big Smoke. Write, share and read poetry at this drop-in event.
Photo of Adrian Matejka
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 1 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Adrian Matejka, our keynote speaker and author of The Big Smoke, will kick-off our 2019 Big Read program. Refreshments will be served.
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
Penn State University and its beloved figure for more than 40 years Joe Paterno, head Football coach nicknamed "St. Joe" could do not 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.