Big Read Events

Sun., April 1: Help Us Kickoff The Big Read, 1:00 pm. Headquarters.
On Sunday, April 1st, Dr. Stephanie Smith will share she learned from Ursula K. Le Guin that world building is serious work and the best fantasy creates something very real for its readers to journey to and through. Travel with us as Dr. Smith gives us a glimpse not only into Le Guin’s life as a writer- a life characterized by hard work, wonder and generosity- but also her own life as a reader, writer, and teacher.

There will be giveaways and refreshments. Refreshments provided by B&B Office Systems, Civilization/Terranova, Maude’s Café, Panache at the Wine & Cheese Gallery, Vellos Historic Brickstreet Grille and Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.

Dr. Smith’s talk kickoffs a month long series of Big Read events celebrating A Wizard of Earthsea and Ursula K. Le Guin at the Alachua County Library District and in the community. The events and programs are for students, teens, adults and fantasy readers and writers of all ages.

Wed., April 4: Alchemy and Magic, 3:30 pm. Hawthorne Branch
Turn copper into gold and silver in a free, hands-on alchemy workshop with science educator Patty Lipka from the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention. This event will be held at other locations throughout the month. See list below.

Tues., April 10, 3:00pm. Library Partnership Branch
Sat., April 14, 1:00pm. Cone Park Branch
Sun., April 15, 2:30pm. Newberry Branch
Sat., April 21, 1:30pm. Tower Road Branch
Sun., April 22, 2:00pm. Micanopy Branch
Sun., April 29, 2:00pm. Headquarters

Tues., April 3: Take Time to Read Booktalk, 4:00pm. Hawthorne Branch
Like Ursula, we will also create and populate our own islands to form an archipelago of legends and heroes. Story boards for the archipelago will be displayed at the Hawthorne Branch during the 46th Annual Hawthorne Art Exhibit.

Other Teen Booktalks
Thur., April 19, 4:00pm. Newberry Branch
Wed., April 25, 4:30pm. Millhopper Branch
Wed., April 25, 5:00pm. Headquarters

Thurs., April 5: Blacklight Magic, 2:00pm. Headquarters
Science is magic and science is art. Join us to make cool glow in the dark art with from old highlighters with Patty Lipka from the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention.

Fri., April 6: Acclaimed author Meredith Pierce recommends fantasy books, 4:00 to 5:00pm. Tower Road Branch
Meredith Pierce will lead a booktalk about Le Guin’s work. Meredith also will discuss books by other well known fantasy writers. For teens and adults.

Wed., April 11: The World of Ursula K. LeGuin
4:30 pm. Ustler Center for Women’s Studies & Gender, UF Campus

Roundtable discussion on the legacy of Le Guin's books featuring Meredith Ann Pierce, Stephanie Smith, Tace Hedrick, Michelle Harris and Arwen Curry.  This event is co-sponsored by the University of Florida Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the Department of English.

Thurs., April 12: Filmmaker Arwen Curry on her documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, 6:00pm. Headquarters
Arwen Curry is currently working on her documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.  Curry will talk about and show clips of her film.  

Fri., April 13: Arwen Curry on Conner Calling, 1:00-2:00pm, WUFT Classic 89.1 FM
Hank Conner interviews Arwen Curry about her documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. Call or email your questions in: 352-392-8989,
Friday, April 13. 1:00-2:00pm. on Classic 89.1 FM

Fri., April 13: Curry on her documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, 4:00pm. Tower Branch

Sat., April 14: Young Writer’s Workshop with Meredith Ann Pierce: 10:00am to 12:00pm. Headquarters
Whether you write poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, this writer’s workshop for teens will offer you a chance to hone your skills with local YA fantasy author Meredith Pierce. Even if you didn’t enter the writing contest, you are welcome to attend. For writers ages 10 to 18.

Sun., April 15: Draw your own Dragon of Pendor, 3:00pm. Archer Branch
Learn about Le Guin’s interest in being environmentally "green." Check out books on science experiments and magic, race a boat, and make your own green slime to take home.

Mon., April 16: Google Books: Why Ursula LeGuin and Other Authors are Concerned,
6:00pm. UF Law School: Chesterfield Smith, Classroom, Holland Hall Rm 180

Google’s wholesale digitization of books for its Google Books has created a great deal of controversy. Authors who feel that their copyright interests are being violated have struck back with a major lawsuit.  The discussion, lead by law librarian and copyright specialist Jennifer Wondracek, will look at both sides of the issue and the progress of the court case. Co-sponsored by University of Florida Levin College of Law

Sun., April 22: Booktalk with Stephanie Smith, 2:00pm. Headquarters
Dr. Smith will discuss both Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy and LeGuin's influence on other well-loved and well-written adult and young adult fantasy and science fiction.

Mon., April 23: Le Guin & Rome: 6:00pm.  Headquarters
Classics professor Jennifer Rea will be discussing Le Guin’s novel Lavinia which was inspired by Vergil's Aeneid and tells the story of Rome’s foundation.

Tues., April 24: Create a Fantasy Map, 4:30pm. Millhopper Branch
Have you ever wanted to create your own world? We'll supply the paper and straight edges. You supply the creativity and make your own Fantasy Map.

Sat., April 28: Big Read Art Exhibition, 2:00 to 4:00pm. Headquarters
Draw a scene from Earthsea, design a new book cover or show us what magic looks like. We are looking for submissions of 2-D art, no larger than 11x17, from artists ages 10 to 18   And then come to an exhibition of the fantastic artwork. There will be refreshments and prizes.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 20, dropped at any Alachua County library or branch

Thurs., April 26: Civic Media Center Booktalk, 7:00pm. Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main Street Join a group discussion about Le Guin books and her politics.

Fri., April 27: Entering and Leaving Fantasy’s Wild Lands at Wild Iris Books
5:30 to 7:00pm, Wild Iris Books, 802 W. University Avenue

Chat with fellow readers who love traveling into the fantastical worlds created by Le Guin. Refreshments can be purchased at Café Collette. Readings by local authors and music by Dirty Fist will help us celebrate a month’s worth of the Big Read in our community.

Mon, April 30: Science Fiction & Fantasy Booktalk with Travis Fristoe, 7:00pm.  Headquarters
Librarian Travis Fristoe will lead a discussion highlighting books from the library's Sci-fi/fantasy collection. Come recommend a beloved book or series to other avid readers.