Big Read Events
Big Read Book Giveaway Day Saturday, September 9, 9am
Thanks to the Friends of the Library we give away 50 copies of the book to our community! Need large print? We will check out few Kindles with the book downloaded on them for people who need larger text because the title isn't published in large print. The Kindles will be for checkout with a 3-week checkout period so others may check out them out during the Big Read time frame.
All books are first come-first served. We recommend arriving early. One book per person. No advance reservations allowed. Not able to be here? You may try calling the library September 9 beginning at 9am. You need to speak with someone - leaving a message does not guarantee a book will be held for you.
The giveaway is immediately followed by the Kick Off Program.
The Great Migration
Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30pm
The Great Migration was the relocation of approximately six million Black people from the Southern United States northwards. Linda Fair shares the catalyst of the move and what life was life for those who migrated. With over 25 years of experience in the education field, she currently serves as an Academic Advisor for Blackhawk Technical College. She is active in the community, serving or having served on numerous Boards and committees such as the Equality Committee for the School District of Beloit, Beloit Historical Society Board of Directors, Diversity Action Team of Rock County, Concerned Black Citizens of Beloit and Back to Beloit: An African American Homecoming Committee. She was recently appointed to the State of Wisconsin Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities.
*Why They Join
Tuesday, Oct. 3 6:30pm
Professor Peter Simi
Professor Simi will join us virtually. We'll meet at the library and engage with him on the large screen.
Peter Simi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chapman University. He has studied extremist groups and violence for more than 20 years, conducting interviews and observations with a range of violent gangs and political extremists. Through this research he helps explore these organizations and what motivates people to join.
Dr. Simi is a member of the NCITE at the University of Nebraska, Omaha which is the newest university-based research center funded by the Department of Homeland Security and committed to the scientific study of the causes and consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. Simi is also co-author of an award-winning book manuscript, American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate and frequently serves as an expert legal consultant on criminal cases related to political extremism.
*Author Talk: Timothy Egan
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30pm
Author will join us virtually. We'll meet at the library for the live watch party.
“Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present.” — The New York Times
Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the American experience, whose interests range wide across history and landscape, and into the spiritual realm. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a popular columnist, and a National Book Award winning author of eleven books. This special evening should not be missed!
Community Book Discussion
Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30pm
Join your fellow Big Readers (Yes, that's a thing!) and share your thoughts about this year's title. This is a laid back conversation where all are welcome to share their ideas, things they learned, and other opinions about the book.