Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Main Library
Thursday, March 29 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Celebrate the Big Read program with a party honoring the diversity of the Wabash Valley.  This event will focus on our similarities as individuals and honor our differences.  Join us to enjoy food, music and activities from around the globe.
Clabber Girl
Community Locations
Wednesday, March 21 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Celebrate women who are making history in the Wabash Valley and honor Phung Ly, local small business owner, chef and former refugee from the People's Republic of China. Mrs. Ly will discuss her and her husband's escape from China during the economic reform period and their subsequent flight from Vietnam during the Sino-Vietnamese War. A complimentary breakfast will be served.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Community Locations
Friday, March 16 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
 Julie Otsuka, award-winning author of the NEA Big Read 2018 Selection When the Emperor Was Divine and keynote speaker for this year's NEA Big Read programming will be offering an intimate talk about the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 
Big Read 2018 Logo: Four Figures in front of a red sun with clouds and fighter planes
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 16 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Welcome Julie Otsuka, award-winning author of the NEA Big Read 2018 Selection When the Emperor Was Divine and keynote speaker for this year's NEA Big Read programming. When the Emperor Was Divine is based on the experiences of Otsuka's family. The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese Imperial forces, the FBI arrested her grandfather as a suspected spy. Her grandmother, uncle and mother spent three years in an internment camp located in Topaz, Utah, where part of the book is set. Refreshments will be served.
Big Read 2018 Logo: Four Figures in front of a red sun with clouds and fighter planes
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Thursday, March 1 (All day)
Pick up your free copy of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka beginning Thursday, March 1, and learn more about the upcoming programs inspired by the National Endowment of the Arts' Big Read.
Community Locations
Thursday, March 1 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Enjoy a cup of tea and listen to Zenshin Florence Caplow and Sherri Dailey recount Caplow's experiences visiting the Manzanar Japanese internment camp in California. Attendance costs $10.00. Reserve your place by calling 812-235-5007. Public viewings of the Tablescapes displays will be available from Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4 from 10:00am to 4:00pm for $5.00 at the door.
White Origami Crane on Red Background
Haute Create
Main Library
Monday, March 5 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
All ages: Create origami cranes using both traditional means, apps, and the 3D printer. While you're here pick up a copy of the Big Read novel When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka.
Green Tea with Black Teapot
Indiana Theatre
Community Locations
Thursday, March 1 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Enjoy a cup of tea and listen to Zenshin Florence Caplow and Sherri Daily recount Caplow's experiences visiting the Manzanar Japanese internment camp in California.  Attendance costs $10.00. Reserve your place by calling 812-235-5007.  Public viewings of the Tablescapes displays will be available from Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4 from 10:00am to 4:00pm for $5.00 at the door.
Big Read 2018 Logo: Four Figures in front of a red sun with clouds and fighter planes
Swope Art Museum
Community Locations
Sunday, March 18 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The urge to make art persists even during inhumane persecution.  Art made in such harsh circumstances vividly displays the depth and resilience of human creativity. Art Historian and CANDLES' Program Director Amy Guess will host a discussion on art created by Japanese-Americans while held captive in internment camps during World War II and how, through art, music and performance, they continued their traditions of creativity and recorded their lives both before and during internment.
Green Tea with Black Teapot
Indiana Theatre
Community Locations
Thursday, March 1 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Enjoy a cup of tea and listen to Zenshin Florence Caplow and Sherri Daily recount Caplow's experiences visiting the Manzanar Japanese internment camp in California.  Attendance costs $10.00. Reserve your place by calling 812-235-5007.  Public viewings of the Tablescapes displays will be available from Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4 from 10:00am to 4:00pm for $5.00 at the door.

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