The Big Read

2016: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

The Big Read Kickoff: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 3:00-5:00pm

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**Participate in a book discussion, and receive a coupon for a complimentary beverage (one beverage, up to a $4 value) at Anderson’s in the City inside Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E. Massillon, OH 44646.

Do the Mu: Handmade Books with Gary Spangler

Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Celebrate The Big Read kickoff by creating handmade books. Use as a notepad, journal, or the beginning of your own novel! No registration required; free for all ages.

The Big Read Kickoff and Book Giveaway

Date/Time/Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Meet the Big Read partners.  Massillon Public Library assistance with digital book guides.

Masters of American Photography Opening

Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Exhibit through May 15, 2016

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: The exhibition features important works by some of America’s greatest photographers, including:   Alfred Stieglitz, who championed photography as a fine art at the turn of the century; Ansel Adams, whose iconic images of the American landscape continue to define greatness in the medium; and Walker Evans who documented the beauty of urban and rural American life.  

Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community Reception

Date/Time/Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Exhibit through April 10, 2016

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646

Description: "Growing Season" is a photographic exhibition documenting the life of the migrant community in Hartville, Ohio. The Studio M Exhibit marks the tenth year anniversary of the project by photographer Gary Harwood and writer David Hassler.

Las Mariposas: The Mirabal Sisters Exhibition Opening

Date/Time/Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646

Description: View family photos of the Mirabal sisters and learn about their part in the Fourteenth of June Movement. Photograph reproductions courtesy of the Museo de la Resistencia Dominicana and the Caso Hermanas Mirabal.

“Codename: Butterflies” Documentary Screening

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:30pm

Location: Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Join us for this 63-minute documentary telling the powerful story of the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic. In the 1950s, three sisters who were known by their secret name of "Butterflies," created a resistance movement against one of the most bloodthirsty tyrants the world has ever known. Today, the Dominican Republic owes much to these incredible women who were willing to sacrifice everything and to fight for what they believed in. The documentary interweaves interviews with witnesses to the story, including surviving Mirabal family members, their co-revolutionaries, teachers, friends, and colleagues, with dramatic recreations and archival footage. Free admission. Free refreshments.

Museum Day Live!

Date/Time:  Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:30am – 5:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Held during Women's History Month, this “special edition” of Smithsonian’s signature “Museum Day Live!” event will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries—which will offer free admission for the day.  Visit the Museum and receive a free MassMu coloring book on Museum Day Live!

Book Discussion: Monday Night at Mo’ Joes Book Club

Date/Time: Monday, March 14, 2016 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Mo’ Joes Coffee House and Cafe, 4469 Hills and Dales Rd NW, Canton, OH 44708
Description: Established monthly book club will discuss In the Time of the Butterflies.

Delectable Discussion and Dominican Delights

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Massillon Public Library, auditorium, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Sample traditional desserts while talking about In the time of the Butterflies. Discussion leader: Adult Services Manager Jessica Watkins.

Butterfly Acrylic Painting with Diane Gibson

Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Students will learn how to paint a butterfly step-by-step. Artwork will be displayed in MassMu’s lobby when Julia Alvarez—internationally-renowned author of In the Time of the Butterflies—speaks on March 23 for The Big Read keynote. Grades 1-5; Level: Beginner and up; Cost: $10 for Members / $15 for Non-Members; Registration fee includes cost of supplies. Register with the Museum by phone, by mail, or in person by March 14.

First-Hand Stories of Immigrants and Refugees

Date/Time:  Saturday, March 19, 2016 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Hear immigration stories first-hand from Mexican and Central American refugees and immigrants, who will provide testimony of the current instabilities of their countries-of-origin and the violence they escaped.

Book Discussion

Date/Time:  Sunday, March 20, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Book Discussion led by Museum staff member Emily Vigil.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: “Visual Storytelling”

Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 12:10pm – 12:50pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Gary Harwood, Photographer and Community Storyteller, will give the lecture.Bring a sack lunch or enjoy soup and sandwiches provided by a guest cafe. The event, which is held in the Museum lobby, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required, but seats fill early.  Bates Printing sponsors the Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Observe the Making of a Guatemalan Carpet Artwork

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Stop by the Museum to watch the creation of an on-site, temporal Guatemalan carpet artwork created by Cleveland-based artist, Hector Castellanos Lara, with immigrant and refugee children from Central America and Mexico.

Pre-Keynote Reception: Meet the Artists of MassMu’s Guatemalan Carpet Art

Date/Time:  Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Stop by the Museum before Author Julia Alvarez's Keynote Address to view an on-site, temporal Guatemalan carpet artwork created by Cleveland-based artist, Hector Castellanos Lara, with immigrant and refugee children from Central America and Mexico.

Julia Alvarez Keynote Address with Q&A and Book Signing

Date/Time:  Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Doors 6:30 pm/Program 7:00pm

Location: Lincoln Theatre, 156 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Using the story of the Mariposas as a springboard, author of this year's The Big Read book In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez, will explore the power of stories to transform individuals and whole societies. 

Spanish Book Discussion

Date/Time: Saturday, March 26, 2016 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: Augsburg Lutheran Church - Nuestra Casa, 140 W Water St, Orrville, OH 44667
Description: Book Discussion in Spanish.
 

Book Discussion: Stark County Lake Branch Library Book Group

Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Lake Branch of Stark County Library, 565 Market Ave SW, Uniontown, OH 44685
Description:  Book Discussion with Jodie Hawkins.
 

Growing Season Panel Discussion

Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, Silk Room, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Gary Harwood (Photographer and Visual Storytelling Instructor) and David Hassler (Director of the Wick Poetry Center) from Kent State University will discuss the creation, evolution, and impact of their community storytelling project about a local migrant farming community.
 

Book Discussion

Date/Time: Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Location: Kozmo's Grille, 37 First Street SW, Massillon, OH 44647
Description: Book Discussion led by David Harding.

In the Time of the Butterflies Film Screening

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Location: Walsh University, Olivieri Towers Theater, 2020 East Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720
Description: In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 feature film based on the Julia Álvarez book of the same name. The story is a fictionalized account of the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists, who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and were assassinated on November 25th, 1960. This film was originally produced for the Showtime television network and was directed by Mariano Barroso. Seating limited to 80 people.
 

Do the Mu: Mini Paperweights with Gary Spangler

Date/Time: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Create butterfly mini paperweights to commemorate the Big Read book In the Time of the Butterflies or create your own mini masterpiece. No registration required; free for all ages.

The Blooming of Butterflies, Art & Exploration of the Novel In the Time of the Butterflies

Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 2016 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location: North Canton Public Library, 185 North Main St., North Canton, OH 44720
Description: Join students from Walsh University and local artist/teacher Pam Neff as we explore the book In the Time of Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez through an art project and consideration of excerpts from the novel. All ages are invited.

Spanish Book Discussion

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Immigrant Worker Project - Centro San Jose, 701 Walnut Avenue NE, Canton, OH 44702
Description:  Book Discussion in Spanish.

Rhythms Concert Series: Ahi-Nama

Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Ahi-Nama, an exciting 7-piece band, is northeast Ohio's newest Latin sensation, playing a fun mix of Latin Jazz, Salsa, and Timba music from Cuba and the Caribbean. This group has been seen at clubs, restaurants, and music festivals throughout northeast Ohio. Ticketed event; $10-Members; $12-Non-Members.

Painting Heritage with Emily Vigil

Date/Time: Sundays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2016 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: With guidance from landscape painter Emily Vigil, students will explore the topic of landscape, cultural identity, and family heritage. Students will utilize acrylics, mixed media, and visual sources from their family heritage to create a unique painting. This class connects to the theme of this year’s Big Read.  Adults and Teens ages 15 and up Level: Beginner and up Cost: $45 for Members / $50 for Non-Members Registration fee includes cost of supplies. Register with the Museum by phone, by mail, or in person by March 27.
 

Latin Ballroom Dance Lessons

Date/Times: Mondays April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, 2016 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Adults and Teens Ages 15 and older. No partner needed. Cost: $45-Museum Member / $50-Non-Museum Member. This 4-week class will be a fun, casual dance experience to introduce you to Latin movement. Participants will learn beginner merengue and salsa while learning about the cultures from which they originated. Register with the Museum by phone, by mail, or in person by March 28.

Book Discussion

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: The Inn at University Village, 2650 Ohio State Dr, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Join us for a book discussion led by the Massillon/North Canton Elks Lodge #2029 at the dining room fireplace.

The Traveler's Voice: Perspectives on Migration

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Walsh University Barrette Business and Community Center Conference Room B, 2020 East Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720
Description:  Each day seems to bring more news of refugees and immigrants escaping violence in their home countries, for a new location that may bring peace. Join Walsh University, the Massillon Museum and the Immigrant Worker Project as we hear from the voices of those who have fled their own countries. This presentation will give the opportunity to hear first-person accounts of immigrants and refugees who have resettled in the U.S. and explore their challenges and successes as an immigrant in Ohio.

Book Discussion

Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 2016 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Anderson's in the City, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Book Discussion with Massillon Public Library Director Sherie Brown.

In the Time of the Butterflies Film Screening

Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 2016 2:00pm

Location: Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Film screening with refreshments.

Introduction to Spanish with Ivy Owusu

Date/Times: Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Grades 1-5; Cost: Members-$15; Non-members-$20;

Learn Spanish vocabulary while playing games and exploring the Museum. Register with the Museum by phone, by mail, or in person by April 4.

Book Discussion

Date/Time: Sunday, April 10, 2016 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: The Barrel Room, 7901 Cleveland Ave NW #B, North Canton, OH 44720
Description: Facilitated by Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County.

Time for Butterflies!

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Sippo Lake Park, The Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708
Description: Come explore the fascinating world of butterflies! Gather your family and join Stark Parks staff for an exciting look into the lives of butterflies with a discussion, short hike, hands-on activities and a craft, inspired by this year’s Big Read book, In the Time of Butterflies.

Craft and Coffee: Recycled Book Art

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Anderson's in the City, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Come for lattes or chai, and create a beautiful "I Love to Read" craft made from recycled books. Register in person or by phone (330-833-7255) with Anderson's in the City by April 15. $20/person.

Taking Flight with “Butterflies”: One-Act Plays

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: Massillon Washington High School Auditorium, 1 Paul Brown Dr. SE, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: An evening of one-act plays interpreting the themes present within the book, In the Time of the Butterflies.  Poems by Massillon Public Library poetry contest winners.

Poetry-themed Book Discussion

Date/Time: Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Location: Kozmo's Grille, 37 First Street SW, Massillon, OH 44647
Description: Discuss In the Time of the Butterflies and read related poetry.  Book Discussion led by David Harding.

Butterfly Gardening

Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Create a yard that is a place where birds, butterflies, mammals and other animals get nourishment and protection. Learn features and plant types needed for attracting wildlife. Adult program. $5 for Members/$7 for Non-Members. Register with the Museum by phone, by mail, or in person by April 18.

Self-Publishing Workshop with JoAnn Shade

Date/Time: Sunday, April 24, 2016 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description:  Do you ever dream of holding your own book in your hands? Author JoAnn Shade will walk you through the process of creating your own book through internet-based print-on-demand opportunities. This instructional session will review self-publishing options, manuscript preparation, cover design, uploading to self-publishing websites, and the development of a simple marketing plan.  Ages 18 and up $15 for Members; $18 for Non-Members. Register with the Museum by phone, by mail, or in person by April 18.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: “Columbia: A Perspective from the Frontline of a Drug War”

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:10pm – 12:50pm

Location: 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: Todd Clark, Head of Security and Visitor Services at Kent State University Museum, will give the lecture. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy soup and sandwiches provided by a guest cafe. The event, which is held in the Museum lobby, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required, but seats fill early. Bates Printing sponsors the Brown Bag Lunch Series.

10th Annual Poetry Read-In

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:30pm

Location: Massillon Public Library, Auditorium, 208 Lincoln Way East, Massillon, OH 44646
Description: In conjunction with The Big Read and in celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, the Massillon Public Library invites all local poetry lovers to the 10th annual Open-Mic Poetry Read-In. Bring your original poems to read, recite the work of a classic poet or just sit back and enjoy the art of performance poetry in a coffeehouse atmosphere! Each reader is limited to five minutes of family-friendly poetry. Every March in preparation for the Poetry Read-In, the library hosts a poetry contest. Winners will be awarded their prizes during the Read-In. This program is free, open to all and no registration is required. Free refreshments will be served. For more information contact Laura Klein at kleinla@massillonlibrary.org, call 330-832-9831, ext. 319 or log onto the library’s website www.massillonlibrary.org.
 


Previous Massillon Museum The Big Read Selections:

2016: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

2015: Old School by Tobias Wolff

2014: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2013: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2012: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

2011: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

2010: The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

2009: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

2008: The Call of the Wild by Jack London


To learn more about the NEA The Big Read, click here.

 


 

 
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