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Big Read Workshops

Narrative Poetry Workshop
Mondays, September 12 - October 17 - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library

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In this six-week program, the focus will be on narrative poetry. Writing their own poetry, attendees will base their poems on "Love Medicine's" themes of family, abuse, love, and war.

Altered Books Workshop
Saturday, October 08 - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library

Let your inner artist turn a discarded book into art. Materials, guidance, & inspiration provided. All ages and creativity welcome!

 

Big Read Book Discussions

Join in a discussion of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich at any of these times and locations.

Check out Love Medicine from the Missoula Public Library

 

Big Read Films

Please call Missoula Public Library (406) 721-2665 for film titles or additional information.

 

Big Read Storytimes

Tiny Tales
A pre-literacy program for children birth to three years of age, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, lapsits, and one or two stories, followed by an open reading and socializing time. We will include rhymes, songs and stories on the themes of families and animals of the west.
Tuesday, September 20, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 27, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 04, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 11, 10:30 a.m.

Families Storytime
Books chosen around the theme Families.  We conclude with a related art project. 
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m.

Dreamcatchers
Books chosen around the theme Dreamcatchers.  We conclude with a related art project. 
Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.

Animals of the West
Books chosen around the theme Animals of the West.  We conclude with a related art project.  
Saturday, October 08, 11:00 a.m.

 

Big Read Exhibits:

Not Vanishing: Contemporary Native American Art, 1977 - 2015
September 20 - October 14
Missoula Art Museum - 335 N Pattee St

Included in this exhibition are works by over 17 established and emerging northwest indigenous artists who track the evolution of the Contemporary Native American Arts Movement.

Photographing a Culture: Portraits of Native Americans
September 18 - October 14
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

These photographs on display in MPL's lobby are from local Missoula collections of Native Americans from around the United States. While many are nameless, their faces shed light on their lives. Exhibit courtesy of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Love, Heartache, Drama and the Objects that Get Stuck In-between
September 18 - October 14
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

A display of family heirlooms on loan from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Storywalk in MPL's Garden
September 18 - October 14
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Take a self-guided reading tour of Caron Lee Cohen's picture book "The Mud Pony" as you walk through MPL's garden.

Love Medicine Display at Mansfield Library
September 15 - October 14
Mansfield Library - University of Montana

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will feature a display of the 2016 Big Read and Griz Read, "Love Medicine" by Louise Erdrich in the library lobby starting September 15, 2016. The purpose of the Griz Read experience is to provide new students with a common connection through a thought-provoking book.

 

Big Read Community Events

Flavor of the Month
September 19 - October 14
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

MPL's coffee shoppe, Trapper Peak, will feature a special brew for The Big Read. Stop by anytime during Big Read month a try A Lotta Love Latte, pumpkin latte with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Opening Reception
Sunday, September 18 - 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Payne Family Native American CenterUniversity of Montana

The entire community is invited to our kick-off event. Free Big Read, Middle Read and Little Read books, food and entertainment.

Keynote: Introducing Native American Literature
Monday, September 19 - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
University Center Theater - University of Montana

Humanities Montana speaker Dorothea Susag will discuss "Love Medicine" in an interactive presentation..

Pow Wow and Community Round Dance
Wednesday, September 21 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Elementary School - 2901 Park St.

Missoula County Public School's Indian Education Department presents a Community Pow Wow and Round Dance. Native American Drummers and Singers will participate in a Pow Wow demonstration ending with a Community Round Dance.

Stories Under the Stars
Friday, September 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Payne Planetarium - University of Montana

Registration is now open

Indigenous stories have embraced celestial-inspired components throughout our global history. Join us for a dynamic storytelling experience, combining interactive technology with traditional indigenous stories, in celebration of American Indian Heritage Day and this year’s Big Read and Griz Read: “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich.

Polson Children's Event
Saturday, September 24 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
North Lake County Library - 2 1st Ave. E, Polson

A children's program focusing on the Little Read book, "Mud Pony" by Caron Lee Cohen.

Book'n It - Fun Run
Saturday, September 24 - 12:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Join us at the Missoula Public Library parking lot for a fun run around Missoula.  Run starts at 1:15.  Arrive between 12:30 - 1:00 to receive a printed course map. Run / walk the course at your own pace and return to MPL for a free copy of this year’s big, little, or middle read!

Making Cordage - Learning Native Rope Making Skills
Sunday, September 25 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Learn an American Indian traditional skill of making cordage (rope making) from a native plant called dogbane.  Open to those 10 years and older.

Dueling Paintbrushes
Tuesday, September 27 - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Kristi Hager, a local painter and photographer, will present the art and adventures of George Catlin and Karl Bodmer on the upper Missouri River, 1832-34, documenting the faces, ceremonies, artifacts, daily lives and surrounding landscapes of indigenous people in remarkable detail in hundreds of paintings.

Walking Book Discussion
Thursday, September 29 - 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. 
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

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Fuel up with A Lotta Love Latte from Trapper Peak Coffee for Missoula Public Library’s first walking book discussion along the Clark Fork River. The topic is Love Medicine’s eighth chapter, Flesh & Blood.

Pea Green Boat
Monday, October 3 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
KUFM Radio, University of Montana

On-air reading of "Mud Pony" by Caron Lee Cohen.

Leather Crafting
Tuesday, October 4 - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Come learn the art of crafting with leather in this hands-on MakerSpace class. Supplies will be provided, but space is limited to eight participants and registration is required.

Registration is now open

Some Favorite Indian Stories
Tuesday, October 4 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Drummond Community Library - 124 1st St, Drummond

Learn about the Salish People, the original inhabitants of the Bitter Root Valley, through these engaging stories with Hal Stearns. This free event is sponsored by Humanities Montana.

Writers Anonymous
Tuesday, October 4  - 6:00 - 8:00
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Our monthly Writers' Anonymous group will be working on language and character creation.

Socrates Cafe
Wednesday, October 5 - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Join our monthly Socrates Cafe discussion. This month's theme will be Philosophy and the Ojibwe.

Changing Image of American Indians in Film with Richard Ellis
Wednesday, October 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Do filmmakers have an obligation to provide historical and cultural accuracy in films about Native Americans? Humanities Montana speaker Richard Ellis uses film imagery to show how Hollywood has depicted American Indians.

Stories Under the Stars
Thursday, October 6 - 3:00 p.m. 
Payne Planetarium - University of Montana

Registration is now open

Indigenous stories have embraced celestial-inspired components throughout our global history. Join us for a dynamic storytelling experience, combining interactive technology with traditional indigenous stories, in celebration of American Indian Heritage Day and this year’s Big Read and Griz Read: “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich.

Creating Mud Ponies
Saturday, October 8 - 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Missoula Art Museum - 335 N Pattee Street

Based on a Native American tale about a young boy and his magical mud pony that comes to life, this family workshop explores 2-D techniques using watercolors and mixed media. We will create in the style of author/illustrator, Caron Lee Cohen, combining strength and movement, splatter backgrounds, and flat perspective. Themes of culture, fantasy, dreams, and Mother Earth will unfold as we dive into this beautiful book through playful art techniques.

Native American Traditional Food Demo
Wednesday, October 12 - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Missoula Public Library - 301 E. Main St.

Emily Walter of the Good Food Store's cooking school will give a presentation on Native American Traditional foods and offer some examples for tasting.

Literary Program
Tuesday, October 13 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
North Lake County Library - 2 1st Ave. E, Polson

Kate Shanley, a professor with the Native American Studies Department at the University of Montana will present a literary program with a tie-in to "Love Medicine."

Capstone Event
Saturday, October 15 - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Montana Distillery631 Woody St.

We will celebrate our month-long literary successes at the Montana Distillery, with music by Dan Dubuque. Cash bar, featuring drinks specially made for the themes of "Love Medicine."

 
 
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