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‘Big Read’ activities planned for October

YAKIMA - Have you heard of the “Big Read?” Wondering how you can participate?

Don’t worry, there is something for everyone in this year’s Yakima Valley Libraries program.

Starting with the kick-off on Saturday, Oct. 5, Yakima Valley Libraries will be kicking off the Big Read, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, with a month’s worth of activities. The intent is to develop community-wide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

Community members can join the Big Read at any Yakima Valley Library.

Participants of the Big Read will receive a free copy of the book, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, by signing a pledge card affirming their commitment to read the book and engage in other Big Read events throughout Yakima Valley Libraries.

There will be book discussions in English and Spanish at the local branches scheduled Oct. 13-30.

There will be films shown in three locations throughout the library district. They include The Magnificent Seven at Glenwood Square on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunnyside Library on Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. Under the Same Moon will be shown at Glenwood Square on Monday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunnyside Library on Friday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. Selena will be shown at Yakima Central Library on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m.

A partnership with Yakima Valley Museum allows library officials to offer two exhibits between Oct. 5 and 31. The exhibits will feature a variety of crafts from Yakima’s sister cities, Morelia and Michoacan, Mexico.

Partnering with Tieton Arts & Humanities allows for exhibits and activities at Mighty Tieton’s Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, Oct. 27, from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The partnership between Yakima Valley Libraries and the National Endowment for the Arts has also allowed the libraries to bring in the author, Luis Alberto Urrea, for a keynote address at the Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m.

Yakima Valley Libraries welcomes Antonio Davidson-Gomez, the educational services manager for Seattle’s KCTS 9 Television, who will present the history and influence of Latino music in American culture for the public at Heritage University near Toppenish on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. and the West Valley Library on that date at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, Martin Valadez, vice president for diversity and outreach at Columbia Basin College, will present a lecture, covering themes from the book, Into the Beautiful North. His presentation will include the topics of borders and cultural identities on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima.

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