Written by Staff
This year’s Big Read selection, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the decadence depicted in the book, lends itself to the series of flapper-era celebrations The Irving Public Library has planned for its 2013 Big Read launch.
The Irving Public Library System has planned three celebratory events. In addition, free copies of this year’s Big Read selection, The Great Gatsby and alternative novel, Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine, will be available at the events, while supplies last.
The Big Read kick-off, which begins with Fitzgerald’s Fabulous Festival from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Irving Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Inspired by the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance, revelers of all ages will enjoy jazz music by trumpeter Freddie Jones, storytelling by Esther Malone, a display of classic automobiles, face painting, food and crafts.
The West Irving Library will host the Absolutely Fabulous Magic Show starting at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Be astonished by a Houdini-inspired magic show featuring James Wand, magician and entertainer.
The fun-packed weekend wraps up with Diva Dogs and the Great Cats-by beginning at noon, Oct. 6 at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Dress up your dog, cat, turtle, or even guinea pig in their best finery for an afternoon of fun. The pet party features a short parade by the canal, snacks for the pets, and games and activities. Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed pet, best-dressed owner/pet duo, best pet trick, and more.
The Irving Public Library’s 2013 Big Read event marks the eighth year the library has hosted the community read event, and the sixth with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” program.
“We love the Big Read time of year. It allows us to focus attention on one of America’s classics—this year, The Great Gatsby. It promotes reading, conversation and a shared community experience,” said Chris Dobson, Director of Irving Public Libraries. “Our month-long event provides an opportunity to showcase the role of reading and libraries in our community.”
Irving’s Big Read is presented in partnership with City of Irving, Irving Independent School District, Irving Heritage Society, Irving Black Arts Council, Friends of the Irving Public Library, and the National Scouting Museum.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.
Source: City of Irving