The Big Read - Wichita: October 1 - November 15, 2013
"True Grit" by Charles Portis
The Big Read

Events

All events are free unless otherwise noted.  For additional Big Read events, a listing of partners and more information, call the Wichita Public Library (316) 261-8500.

Age of the Gunfighter
Sunday, Sept. 1, Noon-5 p.m., Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Celebrate the myth and reality of the gunfighter image. Gunfights and skits,  kids target shooting and other activities, musical and dance performances. Catch a glimpse of the historical context that the gunfighter myth flourished and the era that True Grit depicts. Regular admission prices.

How to Lead a Book Club
Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m., Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas
Sarah Bagby, Jedd Beaudoin and Shirley Wells will provide tips and strategies for leading a book discussion on Charles Portis's True Grit. As part of the training, they will actually lead a discussion on Norwood, another work by Portis.(Copies available for purchase through Watermark.)

Judy Coder - Songcatcher
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-7 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth St. 
Singer/songwriter Judy Coder is Kansas' native songcatcher, a vocalist who brings songs and stories of the American West to life. Recognized in the field of western music, her programs reflect her ecclectic tastes and usually include a healthy dose of her award-winning yodeling.

The Big Read Pre-Party
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Get ready for the Big Read with book giveaways, music from the frontier, a children's craft, reader's theatre, trivia, refreshments and more.

True Grit at LifeVentures
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10:15-11:15 a.m., LifeVentures, 4700 E. Douglas

Learn more about The Big Read and get an introduction to True Grit.

Bronco Bustin' Showmen of the Indian Territory: Tom Mix, Will Rogers and Pawnee Bill (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum)
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m., Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main
Jane Rhoads will discuss western entertainment from the dime novels of Ned Buntline through Buffalo Bill Cody to the western shows organized in northern Oklahoma or the Indian Territory. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $2.00 for Senior Wednesday participants; members are always free. This program is supported by Larksfield Place.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

The Big Read Exhibition (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Art Museum)
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Take a look at the Museum's unique paintings of the Old West. Doors open at 10 a.m. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. $2 admission.

CHILDREN'S EVENT True Grit Today
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer
Boy Scout Troop 726 will show how things were done during the time of True Grit and how things have changed since then. Drop in anytime during the program hours top visit the various learning stations.

True Grit Double Feature
Saturday, Oct. 5, 12:15 - 5:30 p.m., Century II Mary Jane Teall Theatre, 225 W. Douglas
Watch John Wayne’s 1969 film adaptation of True Grit, followed by the 2010 Jeff Bridges version. There will be live entertainment featuring Ballet Wichita, prize drawings and commentary.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Big Read Storytime 
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:30-11 a.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main and Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

True Grit: the 2010 Movie

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:30-7:20 p.m., Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st St. N.

In 2010, the Coen brothers produced a film version of True Grit that won both critical and popular acclaim. Join us for a screening of this newest version of True Grit, a story of a gritty young girl who hires crusty Rooster Cogburn to help her find her father's killer. Wear your Stetson and cowboy boots or other character regalia for a chance to win a True Grit movie poster. (Rated PG-13)

 

CHILDREN'S EVENT Big Read Storytime
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30-11 a.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th and Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

 

Mattie Ross and Other Women of Grit: The Exception or the Rule in Literature of the American Frontier? (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Public Library)

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Explore the presence of strong female characters like Mattie Ross in True Grit. How common were such representations? Did they match up to the real experience of women or did they ignore the material conditions of real women's lives? Newman University English professor Dr. Marguerite Regan will explore the presence of strong female characters in the western genre and will show how the meaning of "the West" has changed in literature over time.

 

Wild West Wednesday @ the Texas Roadhouse

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 3-10 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 6707 W. Kellogg Dr.

Drop into the Texas Roadhouse for great food and to learn more about the Big Read Wichita.

 

True Grit at Adventures in Learning
Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:30-1 p.m., Shepherd's Center of West Wichita, 745 N. Westlink

Learn more about The Big Read and get an introduction to True Grit. Call 721-2208 or email scwestwichita@sbcglobal.net for registration information.

Ed LeValley, Western Musician
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Ed LeValley performs a mix of original western music and traditional western songs. Much of his music relates to the Chisholm Trail which is an important part of Western history. Raised in northern Oklahoma, Mr. LeValley now makes his home in Wellington, Kansas. He will be joined by harmonicist Ron Hutchinson.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Tornado Jim and the Magic Cowboy Hat Storytime
Saturday, Oct. 12, 11-11:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Road
Wear your ten-gallon hat and cowboy boots and join us as we read Tornado Jim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Landgo and other fun cowboy tales. We'll do a creative cowboy craft and snack on some tasty vittles. For kids ages 2-6.

The Photographs of F.M. Steele and the Age of True Grit

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

F.M. Steele, a photographer during the end of the open-range period in Western history, captured cowboys at work in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. His scenes illustrate the clothing and equipment used during the True Grit time period. Steele's photographs are housed at the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University.  Join us as Dr. Jim Hoy, a professor of English and the Director of ESU's Center for Great Plains Studies takes us on a journey through the works of this landmark Western photographer.

 

True Grit Out Loud

Saturday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Road

Join us as facilitator Brad Purkey reads excerpts from True Grit and leads a passionate book discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

 

True Grit and the Western as a Genre: Big Read Keynote by Tom Averill

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Tom Averill, author of What Kansas Means to Me, will share his thoughts on how Western literature reflects America’s coming of age. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Big Read Storytime
Monday, Oct. 14, 10:30-11 a.m., Alford Branch Library, 3444 S. Meridian 

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

Justice with a Side of True Grit
Monday, Oct. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
"An eye for an eye," says Mattie when discussing her plans for her father's murderer. Join us for a discussion of True Grit justice and the broader concept of justice in a democracy.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

Book Talk & Chili Feed
Tuesday, Oct. 15, Noon, Wichita Area Technical College Southside Campus, 4501 E. 47th St. S.
Students, employees and the public will listen to Library staff members perform book talks throughout the day. Chili will be served to all at lunchtime.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Big Read Storytime
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10:30-11 a.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas 

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

Pretty Prairie Rodeo
Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Lionel Alford Regional Library,  3447 S. Meridian
Have you been to Kansas' largest night rodeo? Join Jean Graber, Executive Secretary of the Pretty Prairie Rodeo, as she talks about the rodeo from World War II to the present. With personal ties to the rodeo's founders, Ms. Graber will share the background story of the rodeo and how it supports and enriches the Pretty Prairie community. You'll hear about this exciting annual "true grit" experience -- from Bullmania to Mutton Bustin' for the younger set!

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929..

Book Talk & Treats
Tuesday, Oct. 22, Noon, Wichita Area Technical College NCAT Campus, 4004 N. Webb Rd.

Students, employees and the public will listen to Library staff members perform book talks throughout the day. Old-time treats will be served with the book talks.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

Haysville Friends of the Library Annual Mystery Dinner Theatre

Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Haysville Community Library, 210 S. Hays, Haysville

Enjoy a western themed interactive, improvisational play with prizes, dinner, raffle and music. $20 per person, $30 per couple, $10 for children under age 12. Reservations and pre-purchase of tickets required. Contact the Haysville Community Library for more information.

 

Haysville Friends of the Library Annual Mystery Dinner Theatre

Saturday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., Haysville Community Library, 210 S. Hays, Haysville

Enjoy a western themed interactive, improvisational play with prizes, dinner, raffle and music. $20 per person, $30 per couple, $10 for children under age 12. Reservations and pre-purchase of tickets required. Contact the Haysville Community Library for more information.

 

True Grit at Old Cowtown

Sunday, Oct. 27, Noon–5 p.m., Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

Enter the Old West with cowboy poetry,  fiddle and banjo music, a Circuit Court re-enactment, a gunfight, and rides in a horse-drawn wagon. Admission is free. Sponsored in partnership with the South Central Kansas Library System. True Grit at Old Cowtown Schedule and Map

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

Book Talk & Chili Feed
Tuesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Wichita Area Technical College Grove Campus, 301 S. Grove

Students, employees and the public will listen to Library staff members perform book talks throughout the day. Chili or snacks will be served to all at lunchtime.

CHILDREN'S EVENT Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October, children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages six and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

Orin Friesen and the Wild West! (Senior Wednesday at the Great Plains Nature Center)

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. N.

Songs of the Old West with one of the region's most popular western music performers. Admission is free for all seniors.

True Grit Movie Night in Newton

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak St., Newton

Watch the 2010 Jeff Bridges film version of True Grit at the Newton Public Library. Bring a snack to share.

 

CHILDREN'S EVENT Ghost Town at Sundown
Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m., Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main
Stop in for a read-along activity full of mystery and fun, based on Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne. Participants will receive a copy of this Big Read Wichita companion book, sponsored by Watermark Books.

 

Theological Themes in True Grit

Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 525 N Broadway

Facilitated by Rev. Amy Baumgartner

 

True Grit: the 1969 Movie

Monday, Nov. 4, 3-5:15 p.m., Lionel Alford Regional Library, 3447 S. Meridian

What would a True Grit celebration be without John Wayne? Enjoy the original 1969 film about a manhunt for outlaw Lucky Ned Pepper led by Rooster Cogburn and Texas Ranger La Boeuf stubbornly accompanied by 14-year-old Mattie Ross. Is the movie story the same as the book? Find out! Wear your Stetson and cowboy boots or other character regalia for a chance to win a movie poster. (Rated G)

 

True Grit: The Genre-Bending Western

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

How can a Western not be a Western? When the heroine is a 14-year-old spitfire who is bound and determined to avenge her father's death. We will discuss the elements of Westerns and how this book follows and deviates from that trail.

 

CHILDREN'S EVENT Family Storytime: Prairie Livin'

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth

Join us for some good ole Western fun. Experience life on the prairie through stories, crafts and other activities. For children ages three and up with a parent or caregiver.

 

The True Grit Experience: Interactive Museum Presentation of the True History of True Grit Times

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Goddard High School, 2500 S 199th St West, Goddard

Discover the true history behind many people, places and events associated with the novel True Grit. Honors American Literature Students will present interactive museum exhibits on topics like Quantrill's Raid, the Texas Rangers, Guns of the Old West, Women's Rights of the 1870s and many, many more. Appropriate for all ages. Open to all students, parents and the general public. Refreshments will be served.

 

Cowboy Blues: Early Black Music in the West (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Public Library)

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Music historian Pat O'Connor will discuss the contributions of black cowboys to the blues genre and the stylistic details that make their music unique.

 

True Grit from a Legal and Historical Perspective

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak St., Newton

The Honorable Richard Walker, Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial District, Harvey County District Court, and Adjunct Instructor of History at Bethel College, will lead a book discussion of True Grit, approaching the topic from the perspective of an attorney and historian.

 

True Grit Chili Supper

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Mount Hope Senior Center, 105 S Ohio, Mount Hope

Enjoy Chili and conversation about True Grit. Call Pat Kissick at (316) 304-7985 for more information.

 

 

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