Big Read

Big Read

NEA Big Read: Sept. 10-Oct. 30

Luis Alberto UrreaFrom September 10 through October 30 our community will celebrate “Into the Beautiful North” with a full calendar of community-wide events involving many partner organizations, nonprofits and schools throughout Mahoning County.

Luis Alberto Urrea, Author “Into the Beautiful North” Visits October 15

In celebration of the NEA Big Read, join us on October 15 to welcome author Luis Alberto Urrea to Youngstown. Mr. Urrea will be at the Main Library, reading excerpts from the book, discussing, and answering questions about his novel “Into the Beautiful North.” The night will culminate with a meet-and-greet, book-signing and reception, accompanied by music from the Labra Brothers. From Sept. 10-Oct. 30, our community celebrates his novel, “Into the Beautiful North,” with a full calendar of community-wide events involving many partner organizations, nonprofits, and schools throughout Youngstown and Mahoning County. For more information, or to register for any of the NEA Big Read events, call 330-744-8636, ext. 50066. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 5 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 15

This month of events and programs will introduce people to the issues brought forth in Mr. Urrea’s book, open up new channels of communication and bring people together.

About the author: http://luisurrea.com/about/

Don’t wait! Check out your copy of the book “Into the Beautiful North,” available in paperback and eBook format, from the Library today!


NEA Big Read Kick-off Event: An Evening of Immigrant Narratives

Join us as we kick off the NEA Big Read with this program.  Hosted by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown (UUYO), this evening’s events will center around the Big Read selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Events will include a presentation of the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas, presentations and narratives from recent Youngstown immigrants, followed by a potluck dinner. UUYO, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, OH 44505. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For adults and teens.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 17


DIY Ojos de Dios!

In honor of our NEA Big Read book, “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, join us and create a beautiful “God’s Eyes” craft. The craft was originally made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico using intricate weaving techniques with colorful yarn; they believed it to have special powers. Learn about the origin, cultural significance and some of the creative ways you can make the craft unique to you. All materials will be provided for this free program. Please register online via the library events calendar or call 330-744-8636. For adults and teens. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest.
Main Library, 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 19


NEA Big Read – “The Sky We Share” Planetarium Show- YSU Ward Beecher Planetarium

Join the Library at YSU’s Ward-Beecher Planetarium for a special showing of “The Sky We Share.”  Our constellations mainly come from the Greeks, so why do they have Latin names? And what’s up with those Arabic star names, anyway? In this live presentation of the night sky, we will journey through the stars and explore the different ways they take shape across cultures and the ages.  Learn of the importance of the stars for navigation, time-keeping, and storytelling.  In conjunction with the NEA Big Read selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea.  Open to the public.  Ward Beecher Planetarium, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Ward Beecher Planetarium, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555, 5:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 21


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Separation of Roots and States: Where Are They Now?- Suzie’s- Touching on hot-button topics highlighted in the NEA Big Read selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, the City Club of the Mahoning Valley will present “Separation of Roots and States: Where Are They Now?”  The panel will include immigrants and other experts exploring the complexities of immigration.  It’s more than the issues at the border; it’s about the journeys people take to get to America.  What happens to those people and places they leave behind?  Do they have any obligations to their old life?  Open to the public, this event is at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts downtown.  For adults only.  The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St., Youngstown, 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 10


Spanish Conversation Group

¡Bienvenidos! Would you like to practice your Spanish conversation skills in a discussion of our NEA Big Read Book? Join us for a bilingual exchange of “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. All proficiency levels, from beginners to native speakers, are welcome. Copies of the book will be available in English & Spanish, so pick up a copy and take part in what will surely be an engaging conversation. This free event is open to the public, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be served. For adults and teens.
Main Library, 4 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 14


Off the Shelves

Welcome to our monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the Canfield Library’s Book Club Room. Come and join the fun with these upcoming reads, at either our morning or evening session, or come to both! For adults.
Sept.: “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
October: “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, our NEA Big Read selection. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Canfield Library, 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 24
Canfield Library, 11 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 26


NEA Big Read – “Into the Beautiful North” Poetry Contest

During the month of Ocober., Project LIT Youngstown students will host a poetry contest for tweens and teens in grades 7-12. Please submit any form of poetry inspired by our NEA Big Read selection, “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, to the library by Oct. 26. Winners will be notified by Nov. 1. Please include name, phone number, and grade on your submission. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For teens and tweens.
Newport Library, Library Hours, Oct. 1-26


NEA Big Read – “Meet Your Neighbors” Social Media Project

If you loved the journey in “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, check out the personal journeys of immigrants to Youngstown.  Provided by OCCHA (Organización Cívica y Cultural Hispana Americana, Inc.), get to know your new neighbors by reading their stories and testimonials, learn what inspired them to move to the Mahoning Valley, and why they call Youngstown home. Stories available on the OCCHA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/occhaohio/. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Social Media Program on FaceBook, Month of October


NEA Big Read Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration- YSU Kilcawley

Join the Library, Lit Youngstown, OCCHA, and the YSU Latino Student Organization for the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. There will be performers, dancers, music and other vendors. Learn about Hispanic heritage in preparation for the Oct. 15 visit of our Big Read author, Luis Alberto Urrea. Open to the public. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For adults and teens.
Kilcawley Center, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown,
12 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 12


Fall Literary Festival Celebrates the NEA Big Read- Hilton Doubletree

Join us for Lit Youngstown’s Fall Literary Festival Keynote Reading! This event, in the Hilton DoubleTree 2nd floor lounge, is free and open to the public. The NEA Big Read Short Short Fiction Contest winners will read at 7:00, followed by George Ella Lyon. Teen Contest winner India Gatts will read on Friday, October 4 at 7:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Open Contest
Winner, Marlene H. Mikan “The Rickshaw Ride”
Runner-up, R.W. Franklin “Water Torture”

Teen Contest
Winner, India Gatts “A Gerbil, a Stepmom and a Second Chance”
Runner-up, Jordan A. Mccusker “Love’s Cliff”

George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015-2016), has published in many genres, including poetry, picture books, novels, short stories, and a memoir. Her poem “Where I’m From” has gone around the world as a writing model. Recent collections include She Let Herself Go (LSU, 2012) and Many-Storied House (University Press of Kentucky, 2013). Lyon makes her living as a freelance writer and teacher. She and her husband, musician and writer Steve Lyon, have two grown sons.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Second Floor Lounge, 44 E. Federal Plaza, Youngstown, 7 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 5


NEA Big Read – Hands-on Cooking Demonstration

Get a taste of the flavor in our NEA Big Read book selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Join the Library and other community friends for a hands-on cooking demonstration (and eating) of sopes, a traditional Mexican dish made of thick corn cake that you can top with whatever ingredients you like! Free and open to the public, fun and tasty for people of all ages. Please register via the online calendar or by calling 330-744-8636. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For adults and teens.
Casa Ramirez, 1578 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, 6:30 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 7


Movie Night: NEA Big Read Film Series

As a tribute to our NEA Big Read title by Luis Alberto Urrea, “Into the Beautiful North,” join us for a viewing of a “magnificent” classic western starring Yul Brynner.  Can you guess which one? YSU Film Scholar Dr. Laura Beadling will introduce and discuss the film afterward.  Refreshments will be provided.  For all ages. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie is PG-13. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Main Library, 6 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 3


Movie Night: NEA Big Read Film Series

As a tribute to our NEA Big Read title by Luis Alberto Urrea, “Into the Beautiful North,” join us for a viewing of an inspiring movie starring Edward James Olmos as an inner-city teacher that will make you want to “stand” to your feet and cheer!  Can you guess which one? A Film Scholar will introduce and discuss the film afterward.  Refreshments will be provided.  For all ages.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie is PG. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For adults and teens.
Main Library, 6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 9


Movie Night: NEA Big Read Film Series

As a tribute to our NEA Big Read title by Luis Alberto Urrea, “Into the Beautiful North,” join us for a viewing of a documentary illuminating the history of Latinos on the Big Screen! YSU Film Scholar Dr. Laura Beadling will introduce and discuss the film afterward. Refreshments will be provided. This film is not rated. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
For adults and teens.
Main Library, 6 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 17


NEA Big Read – Off the Shelves Book Club

Welcome to our monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “Off the Shelves” of the Canfield Library’s Book Club room. Come and join the fun with these upcoming reads, at either our morning or evening session, or come to both!  For adults.
October: “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea-our NEA Big Read selection.  The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
November:  “Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris
Canfield Library, 11 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 24
Canfield Library, 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 29


NEA Big Read – Saturday Movie Matinee

Join us to celebrate the NEA Big Read with our favorite child musician as he journeys to the land of the dead to learn of his Spanish heritage. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For the entire family.
Newport Library, 1:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 12


NEA Big Read – Spanish Saturday Movie Matinee

Join us for a Saturday Movie Matinee in Spanish, celebrating the NEA Big Read, with our favorite child musician as he journeys to the land of the dead to learn of his Spanish heritage. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie! Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG-13 to G. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an Adult.  The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Únase con nosotros en un sábado de matiné para ver una película en español, celebrando la NEA Big Read, con nuestro músico infantil favorito mientras viaja a la tierra de los muertos para conocer su herencia española. ¡Trae sus propios bocadillos y bebidas para disfrutar durante la película! La película será un DVD recientemente lanzado con clasificación PG-13 a G. Los niños de 7 años y menores deben estar con un adulto. NEA Big Read es una iniciativa de National Endowment for the Arts en asociación con Arts Midwest.
East Library, 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 26


The NEA Big Read “Crossings” Art Exhibit & Opening

The YSU Art Department and YSU Maag Library will collaborate with the Library and Lit Youngstown to provide “Crossings.” In conjunction with the NEA Big Read events and in response to Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel “Into the Beautiful North,” YSU art students will have artwork on display at YSU Maag Library from Oct. 10-27. The Opening Reception will take place on Thurs., Oct. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at Maag Library, 3rd floor. The students’ artwork, by utilizing and exploring a range of media and processes, will respond to the book through unique interpretations of themes ranging from personal to political. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For adults and teens.
Maag Library, One University Plaza, Youngstown
Opening Reception, 5 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 10
Art Exhibit – Oct. 10-27


NEA Big Read – The Big Read Book Club

Open to the public, all are welcome to join the monthly Book Club at St. John’s Episcopal Church to discuss the Big Read selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Meetings are usually in the parlor, served with refreshments. Adults only. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For adults.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown, (next door to Main Library),
7 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 1


NEA Big Read – Velada Cultural

Join the Library, Lit Youngstown, OCCHA, and the YSU Latino Student Organization at the Hub in YSU’s Kilcawley Center for a bohemian night of culture, including poetry, skits, and a Day of the Dead Alter. Inspired by the Big Read selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Open to the public. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
The Hub, Kilcawley Center, One University Plaza, Youngstown, 5 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 29


NEA Big Read – Youngstown City Schools Mural

Visual and Performing Arts students will participate in the NEA Big Read in collaboration with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Visual art students in the three area high schools will participate in reading “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, and from their reading will collaborate with their classmates to create a mural inspired by the story. The murals will then be on display at each of the high schools as well as at the Main Library during the month of October when the author makes a visit to the area. The project will coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. For further information regarding YCSD Visual and Performing Arts or The Big Read mural project, contact Tracy Schuler Vivo, Director of VPA at 330-744-8830 or at Tracy.Schuler-Vivo@youngstown.k12.oh.us. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Main Library, Library Hours,  October


NEA Big Read – Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Celebramos el Dia de los Muertos! Join us in a celebration of Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Snack on traditional food as you play games and make crafts. Costumes and dress-up are encouraged! For the whole family. In honor of the Big Read selection, “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Urrea. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Holiday program.
Main Library, 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 26


NEA Big Read- Staged Reading of “Into the Beautiful North”

Join us at the Youngstown Playhouse for a free staged reading, arranged by Director Denise Sculli, as she interprets our NEA Big Read selection “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. The Playhouse has offered the use of the Moyer Room, a theater-in-the-round venue. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Ln., Youngstown, 2:30 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 13 


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2019 and June 2020. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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