The Big Read - Wichita: October 1 - November 15, 2014 | The Maltese Falcon
The Big Read

Events

More Big Read Wichita events are being scheduled each week. Don't forget to check back regularly in order to keep up to date about all of this year's planned activities!

FEATURED EVENT: The Maltese Falcon Pre-Party
Start the Big Read Wichita off right with book giveaways, jazz music, reader's theatre, trivia, refreshments, vintage automobiles and more.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 1
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four-part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Geocaching 101
Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking a treasure, called a “cache,” using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device.  All you need to participate is a GPS receiver or a Smartphone and the Internet. Join us to learn more about the various types of caches and how to get started, presented by the Wichita Geocaching Society as part of the Big Read.  Following the session, interested participants will be guided on a hunt for their first cache!
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Westlink Branch Library, 8515 W. Bekemeyer

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 2
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four-part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon 
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Thursday evening book discussion group.
 
Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas

FEATURED EVENT: American Crime Fiction
Big Read Wichita's Honorary Program Chair Gaylord Dold is the author of twenty works of fiction including the highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, as well as numerous contemporary crime thrillers. Many of his novels have been singled out for awards and praise by a number of critics and writer's organizations. In this presentation, Mr. Dold will shed light on the history and stylings of the crime fiction genre.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 3
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four-part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
A film noir classic directed by John Huston.  Humphrey Bogart stars as Sam Spade, a private investigator with a suspicious nature and a keen eye for detail.  When Brigid O’Shaughnessy hires Sam to follow a man named Thursby, the P.I. is drawn into a complex web of crime including murder, theft, and deception.  
Monday, Oct. 6, 6 – 7:45 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas


Great Gumshoes and Gritty Dames
Hard-boiled mysteries usually have three elements: a tough guy, a mystery and a dame. Join us for a discussion of "The Maltese Falcon" with a special eye toward the ladies of mystery. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2 - 3 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Senior Wednesday: The Fascinating World of Colored Gemstones
Gemologist Kathy Delker will discuss where precious stones come from, what makes them valuable, and how they are cut, sold and exchanged throughout the world. Offered as part of the Library's Senior Wednesday series.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Big Read Film Noir: Double Indemnity (1944, 107 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon Reading Challenge - Part 4
Take this opportunity to delve deeply into the 2014 Big Read Wichita selection. This four part program will explore the life of the author, the time period and genre of the novel while discussing the book in small doses.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Bogart & Hammett
Watch the movie and join the discussion of The Maltese Falcon from book to film led by Ami Regier Ph.D. Professor of Literary Studies, Bethel College
Wednesday, Oct. 15 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS

FEATURED EVENT: The Maltese Falcon in Film
Join us as we screen three films based on Dashiell Hammett's novel "The Maltese Falcon." Learn more about what makes each one unique with commentary that highlights what to look for in each film and better understand how each film differs from the others in the series.
*"The Maltese Falcon" (1931 with Richardo Cortez, 80 minutes) - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*"Satan Met a Lady" (1936 with Bette Davis, 74 minutes) - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
*"The Maltese Falcon" (1941 with Humphrey Bogart, 101 minutes) - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the McConnell AFB Library's Pageturners book club.

Friday, Oct. 17, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Library, McConnell AFB

Big Read Film Noir: This Gun for Hire (1942, 81 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Westlink Branch Library's book discussion group.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1 - 2 p.m.,  Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

Book Discussion of "The Maltese Falcon"
Come join a fun-loving bunch of book lovers as we enthusiastically discuss this year's Big Read book selection "The Maltese Falcon."  Our discussion will be guided by Mrs. Sylvia Epp, Whitewater area resident and South-Central Kansas Regional Library System Representative from Butler County, Kansas.  For more information and directions to the library, call 316-799-2471.  All are welcome!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM Whitewater Memorial Library, 118 E. Topeka, Whitewater, KS 67154

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Alford Branch Library's Masters of Mystery book discussion group.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5 - 6 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Writer's Workshop: Crime Fiction with Gaylord Dold -- Session 1, Background & Getting Started 
Attention Writers! Author Gaylord Dold will lead participants through a three-part workshop on crafting crime fiction. This first session will focus upon what it takes to be a writer, reading and writing as training, distinguishing good writing from bad and writing a good paragraph. Open to those ages 16 and older with an interest in creative writing. PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION. 
 Complete and submit this application form in order to be considered for a space in this special class. Contact the Library at 261-8500 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion: Beyond the Falcon 
Did you know that "The Thin Man" was penned by Dashiell Hammett? Participants will discuss "The Maltese Falcon" and other titles by Hammett to compare and contrast the styles of the books. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th

Hats of the ‘30s and ‘40s
In The Golden Era, the fashionably dressed man or woman always wore a hat. Whether fedora or brimless with a veil, hats provided the style and sophistication to fit any occasion. Join us as “Hatman Jack” Kellogg shares this most important accessory from The Maltese Falcon era.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book and FIlm Discussion: The Maltese Falcon (1941 film version)
Which is better - the book or the movie? Read the book, watch the movie then decide during a short discussion. Refreshments will be served. 
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Valley Center Public Library, 321 W. 1st, Valley Center

Big Read Film Noir: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, 113 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Who done it?
A book discussion of The Maltese Falcon led by Daniel Eells
Monday, Oct. Oct 27,  7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS

Writer's Workshop: Crime Fiction with Gaylord Dold -- Session 2, Building a Novel
Attention Writers! Author Gaylord Dold will lead participants through a three-part workshop on crafting crime fiction. This second session will cover writing another good paragraph as well as discussions of mood, character, dialogue, forms and plots. Open to those ages 16 and older with an interest in creative writing. PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION.
Complete and submit this application form in order to be considered for a space in this special class. Contact the Library at 261-8500 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Big Read Film Noir: The Big Sleep (1946, 118 minutes)
Join us for the classics of film noir, gritty detective fiction with the dark edge. Screenings held weekly, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 - 4 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

Write or Wrong
A comparison of Detective Fiction and real life Detectives presented by Laura Workman Eells, Ph.D Associate Professor of Sociology, McPherson College and Michael A. Eells Supervising Enforcement Agent, Alcohol Beverage Control/Kansas Department of Revenue
Monday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Tuesday book discussion group.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1 -2 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas

 

Writer's Workshop: Crime Fiction with Gaylord Dold -- Session 3, Practicalities of the Business
Attention Writers! Author Gaylord Dold will lead participants through a three-part workshop on crafting crime fiction. This third session will discuss agents, contracts and publications. Open to those ages 16 and older with an interest in creative writing. PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION. Complete and submit this application form in order to be considered for a space in this special class. Contact the Library at 261-8500 for more information.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

 

Pajama Detectives
What could possibly make solving a great mystery even better? Solving it in your pajamas of course! Come dressed in your favorite crime solving pajamas and help us solve the mystery. We will be using all of the best detective tools: a flashlight, a magnifying glass and a note pad as well as your super powers of observation to solve the mystery. Are you up to challenge? For ages 5-8.
 
Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main

 

Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Orchard Park Branch Library's monthly book discussion group. The conversation will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 7, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th

 

FEATURED EVENT: Falcon Day Finale
Join us for an afternoon of festivities celebrating all things Falcon. Master falconer Vanessa Avara will be on hand to share information about the handling of falcons. Jazz music by Roberto Bernardinelli will set the mood.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North

 

Birds of Prey

The Maltese Falcon could not fly, but these live birds can. Learn more about real birds of prey. For children ages 4-17.
Monday, Nov. 10, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

 

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