Friday, March 5, 2010

Upcoming Big Read Events!

The Emmet O'Neal Library's kickoff for our programming surrounding The Big Read Alabama Reads: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will be April 1, 2010. This all day celebration will feature prizes, giveaways, and other information related to the book and the activities to be enjoyed here at Emmet O'Neal Library!

Activities for this auspicious event began in February statewide and March features some great programs you don't want to miss!

The Birmingham Museum of Art will display art created by area high school students inspired by Mark Twain’s classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Big Read: Tom Sawyer Exhibition began Sunday, Feb. 28, and will be on display everyday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until Sunday, May 23. The artwork is based upon the idea that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer established America’s vision of childhood and reminded adults that children were not angels, but fellow human beings.

The Public Libraries of Jefferson County are also proud to present musician Bobby Horton at the Alys Stephens Center!

A Musical Afternoon with Bobby Horton and Mark Twain will be featured on Sunday, March 14, from to 2:00pm-3:30 p.m. Popular musician Bobby Horton will entertain audiences with music and stories of Twain’s years growing up along the Mississippi River. A collaborator with musical-comedy trio, Three On A String, Horton has also produced and performed music scores for ten Ken Burns films, including a documentary on Mark Twain. Tickets are available now at the Alys Stephens Center by visit or phone at 205/975-2787, as well as online. Tickets for adults are $10, and tickets for children under 13 are $5. Contact your local public library for more information, and visit

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Happy reading!

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