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Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

FEATURED EVENT: Pre-Party for Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Start the Big Read off right with book giveaways, mariachi music, reader's theater, trivia, refreshments, and more.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Dora and Diego Fiesta!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Dora and Diego with crafts and games based on the popular characters. For children ages 4-7. Registration is required and starts Sept. 9; call 303-8181.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

FEATURED EVENT: Migration of the Monarchs
Join us for a celebration of the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly, including a presentation by naturalist Jim Mason, butterfly face painting, and museum activities.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Can you make a snowflake out of a tortilla? Enjoy fun stories that celebrate the Hispanic culture, including one of the Big Read companion books, Green Is a Chile Pepper. For children ages 3-7 with their families.
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Art Start: Los Colores
We will read the children's companion book Green is a Chile Pepper as we explore colors in the gallery and the art studio. We will highlight Hispanic culture and the art of bookmaking in this special Art Start session! Art Start is a FREE program for children ages 3 to 5 to engage with art, imagine, and learn together. Space is limited. Registration is required in advance at www.wichitaartmuseum.org/artstart.
10 - 11 a.m. or 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays in October (individuals/families), Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard
10 - 11 a.m. or 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Thursdays in October (preschool classes or daycare), Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Book Discussion - Evergreen First Thursdays
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Thursday night book discussion.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Can you make a snowflake out of a tortilla? Enjoy fun stories that celebrate the Hispanic culture, including one of the Big Read companion books, Green Is a Chile Pepper. For children ages 3-7 with their families.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Fast-Pitch Softball and the Mexican American Communities of Kansas
Gene Chavez will discuss the Mexican American Softball League. Sponsored by the Newton Public Library in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 - 11 a.m., Newton Public Library, 720 Oak St., Newton

Mexican American Softball League Photo Share
See the Kauffman Museum's Home Town Teams exhibit, share stories and bring your photos of the Mexican American Softball League to be scanned at the Museum and returned to you this same day. Sponsored by the Kauffman Museum in partnership with the Newton Public Library
Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Kauffman Museum, 27th and North Main, Bethel College, North Newton

Create & Craft
Celebrate the culture of Mexico by creating your own Into the Beautiful North-inspired craft. Registration is required and starts Sept. 23; call 337-9456.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Welcome to "Cine Pedro Infante," the local theatre in Urrea's fictional village of Tres Camarones. We will screen the 1960 classic Western film starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, and Steve McQueen that inspired Nayeli's quest in Into the Beautiful North. What courageous actions will you be inspired to take? (PG; 128 minutes)
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Into the Beautiful North Reading Challenge
Delve deeply into the 2015 Big Read selection. In these sessions, we will explore the themes, life of the author, time period, and setting while discussing the novel in small doses.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursdays in October, Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Beyond the Beautiful North: Urrea's Poetry
For those who want to explore more deeply the works by author Luis Alberto Urrea, join us for a discussion about his poetry. We will explore "The Tijuana Book of the Dead," "Ghost Sickness," "The Fever of Being," and "Vatos." It is not necessary to have read them to enjoy the program. Latin American literature specialists will introduce us to a wide range of creative and informative writing styled by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Into the Beautiful North Book Talk
If you are not a part of a regular book group and want to talk about the Big Read, come join us for a scintillating discussion and refreshments. The discussion will include background information and concepts of this wonderful title.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Seven Samurai (1954)
Filmmaker Kurosawa's epic Japanese drama Seven Samurai is considered a classic, his greatest work. It inspired Yul Brynner and others to vie for the rights of an American remake, and led to the creation of The Magnificent Seven. See the work that started it all. Learn more about how this Japanese story became a classic Western film (unrated; 207 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 - 5 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Senior Wednesday: Peter Fletcher Performs
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher presents a concert featuring a wide range of musical pieces from Bach and Grieg to the Catalan songs of Miguel Llobet and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Peter Fletcher's three early recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital, and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works, have received critical acclaim. Hailing from New York City, Mr. Fletcher's long and illustrious career includes many awards and honors.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Can you make a snowflake out of a tortilla? Enjoy fun stories that celebrate the Hispanic culture, including one of the Big Read companion books, Green Is a Chile Pepper. For children ages 3-7 with their families.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 - 8:15 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

FEATURED EVENT: Day of the Dead & Memorial Celebrations
Learn about Day of the Dead and how it is celebrated both by American Indian tribes and in Mexican culture. Participants will make their own sugar skulls and have the opportunity to view the new exhibit "Alaska: People of the Ice and Snow" for half-price admission.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 - 3 p.m., Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca Street

Peliculas at the Library: Sin Nombre (2009)
A Honduran girl on a train to the U.S. encounters a Mexican gang member who is being pursued by one of his own. Together the two young people face danger and violence on their journeys. This film by writer & director Cary Fukunaga won awards for directing and cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. (rated R; 96 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 - 2:36 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

¡Celebramos! Day of the Dead
Learn more about the fascinating traditions of this Mexican holiday. You'll be able to visit different stations to cut your own papel picado banner, learn about ofrendas, and decorate a sugar skull to take home. For teens aged 12-17.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion - Westlink 3rd Tuesdays
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Westlink Branch Library's Wednesday afternoon book discussion.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1 - 2 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

Suzanne's Big Read Book Club
Join Suzanne Tobias, Wichita Eagle Reporter and local bibliophile, for a book club discussion of Into the Beautiful North. Share your thoughts on this quest journey and the author's style of storytelling. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and starts Oct. 6; call 688-9361.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Sharing Memories of the Ranchito Community
Bring photos, documents and stories related to the Ranchito housing community in Newton. Materials will be scanned on site and informal oral histories will be recorded to document stories and memories. Sponsored by the Newton Public Library and the Harvey County Historical Society.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 Oak St., Newton

Into the Beautiful North Book Talk
If you are not a part of a regular book group and want to talk about the Big Read, come join us for a scintillating discussion and refreshments. The discussion will include background information and concepts of this wonderful title.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Beyond the Beautiful North: Urrea's Nonfiction
For those who want to explore more deeply the works by author Luis Alberto Urrea, join us for a discussion about his nonfiction. We will explore Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Devil's Highway, Across the Wire, and memoirs of Nobody's Son and The Wandering Time. It is not necessary to have read them to enjoy the program. Latin American literature specialists will introduce us to a wide range of creative and informative writing styled by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

ArtVenture: The Little Read
To celebrate the annual Big Read, Wichita Art Museum dedicates its monthly family program to literacy and the arts with special artmaking, games and activities. Families are invited to attend this special ArtVenture that brings the joys of reading and the arts together with special book giveaways and performances.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Peliculas at the Library: Biutiful (2010)
Javier Bardem stars in a film about a man raising his two children alone. When he is stricken with cancer, he must find a way to care for his children after he is gone. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Bardem. (rated R; 147 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 - 3:27 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Sharing Memories of the Ranchito Community
Bring photos, documents and stories related to the Ranchito housing community in Newton. Materials will be scanned on site and informal oral histories will be recorded to document stories and memories. Sponsored by the Newton Public Library and the Harvey County Historical Society.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 Oak St., Newton

Tuesday Topics: Immigration Policy
Recent actions demonstrate the volatility of the immigration issue. Seeking work, safety, and stability, thousands of immigrants are living and working in the United States without official sanction. Are these workers an essential component of the U.S. economy or a drain on financial resources? What is the social impact to communities and families when borders divide them? Learn more about this issue from our panel of immigration speakers. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Wichita Public Library. Room opens at 11:30 a.m. for brown bag lunch; drinks provided.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, Noon - 1 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
Your genealogy search doesn't need to stop at the border. Learn how to track down family from far away. The manager of Wichita Public Library's Genealogy & Special Collections Center will provide tips and sources to locate your immigrant ancestor.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Welcome to "Cine Pedro Infante," the local theatre in Urrea's fictional village of Tres Camarones. We will screen the 1960 classic Western film starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, and Steve McQueen that inspired Nayeli's quest in Into the Beautiful North. What courageous actions will you be inspired to take? (PG; 128 minutes)
Thursday, Oct. 29, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

¡Celebramos! Day of the Dead
Celebrate Hispanic culture with traditional Day of the Dead crafts, milagros, stories, and music. Fun for the whole familia! For children ages 4 and up.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Beyond the Beautiful North: Urrea's Short Stories
For those who want to explore more deeply the works by author Luis Alberto Urrea, join us for a discussion about his short stories. "Six Kinds of Sky" and "The Water Museum" are on tap. Speakers will read portions of a selected short story at this event. It is not necessary to have read them to enjoy the program. Latin American literature specialists will introduce us to a wide range of creative and informative writing styled by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

FEATURED EVENT: Evening with the Author
Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, will speak at an event free and open to the public. Presented in part by Wichita State University and Friends of the Wichita Public Library. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 - 9 p.m., Wichita State University Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5101 E. 29th St. N.

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