The Big Read
Watch our Kick-off video on our YouTube Channel.
Watch Charles Vess’ presentation on our You Tube Channel,
After months of planning and grant writing, The Big Read is finally here! We hope you are as excited as we are.
We have a lot of events planned. Everything from the Kick-off Party to book discussions, a concert by Symphony of the Mountains, movies, talks, crafts, workshops – even learn how to create a video game character. Scroll down to see the calendar of events or click here to download a brochure.
The Kick-off Celebration is Saturday, Oct. 7 from 3-5 on the Campus Commons at Virginia Highlands Community College. (in case of inclement weather, we’ll move into the lobby of the Keyser-Aday Theater). We’ll have balloons out along the way to the Commons, so just follow them to all the fun.
At the kick off, we’ll have
- Live music
- Roving Juggler
- Mini-Book Fair
- Crafts and Games for the kids
- Free Comic Books from Mountain Empire Comics
On Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Charles Vess speaks at the main library in Abingdon. Charles is one of our favorite and most popular speakers. The author and illustrator of many books and an internationally-acclaimed fantasy artist, he has so many awards, we’ve lost count. His latest endeavor is creating new illustrations for Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series for their 50th anniversary. He’ll give us a sneak peek at the illustrations and talk about their creation, working with Le Guin and how to bring someone else’s world to life and keep your own style at the same time.
Symphony of the Mountains
Have we got a treat for you! The Symphony of the Mountains is coming to the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College Sept 29 at 3 p.m., to perform portions of “Fantasia” and other delightful music. There will be scenes from the movies playing during certain musical interludes. Guest artists include The Rebel Voices Chorus and Chamber Choir, David Carroll, director; Patrick Henry High School Wind Ensemble, Pete W. Marcum, director;
Allyss Haecker, soprano and Lisa Withers, piano There’s an instrument petting zoo, and kids can build their own “fantasy” instrument, such as a mushroom drum. Take your photo with a dragon. Grab a copy of “A Wizard of Earthsea.” It’s going to be a blast. This Big Read event requires a ticket, which you can get through the Symphony of the Mountains. Just visit their website for details.
Fantasy Movie Series
We’re showing a Fantasy Movie series at the Abingdon Cinemall Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Free with your library card. This is the 10th anniversary of “Stardust,” which is based on a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. Come check it out, we’ll have some surprises!
- Oct. 2: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
- Oct. 9: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
- Oct. 16: “Stardust”
- Oct. 23: “Maleficient”
- Oct. 30: “Cinderella”
- Nov. 6: “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”
There are also movies shown at all our libraries.
William King Museum of Art, as always, is offering some great art activities during The Big Read. These events are held at the museum and are free.
Build a Fairy House Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-4 p.m. Take a stroll around the museum grounds and find sticks, leaves, flowers, and other interesting, magical objects. You’ll then use what you find to construct a home fit for Titania.
Sculpt a Clay Dragon, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the time when dragons ruled the skies. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll use different sculpting techniques to create your very own dragon out of clay.
There are crafts for kids at all the libraries and more crafts for adults and families. Just check the calendar.
Jennifer Estep, New York Times bestselling author, is here Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. for a World Building Workshop. If you want to write a story or book set in a fictitious place, how do you build that world? Join us and Jennifer will give you pointers on how to create a place for your characters to inhabit.
Want to write the great American novel? Need some writing tips? Join us Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., for a Writing Workshop led by Mark Baumgartner from ETSU.
We have many more events, just check out the calendar below.