Saturday, February 26, 2011

BIG READ! Jack London's Call of the Wild

Join us for a celebration of the classic, The Call of the Wild by Jack London. More than twenty events are planned, including a live dog sled demonstration, book discussions, historic tours and free book giveaways. Read the book any way you choose. It is a free public domain download. Listen to it watch the DVD or read one of the many print copies available.
The kickoff is March 16th from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Mission College Quad and events throughout Santa Clara go through April 19th. Read more by following the link from the library website's BIG READ button on the lower right.
The Call of the Wild is a story of a dog abducted from his comfortable home in Santa Clara and sold as a sled dog for service in the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska in the 1890s. Jack London had many friends in Santa Clara Valley, so the book provides an opportunity to explore late 19th/early 20th century Santa Clara Valley history.
Santa Clara was one of 75 communities throughout the United States to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring THE BIG READ to their community. The program allows libraries, schools and other cultural organizations in a community to select a classic American novel from a list of titles and offer programs, lectures, and book discussions around the book and its author.
A big thank you to The Foundation and Friends of Santa Clara Library for brainstorming, grant writing and continued support for The Big Read. There will be events for children and adults at Central Park Library and Mission Family Reading Center.
Other community organizations participating include: Mission College, Santa Clara University, the South Bay Historical Railroad Society, the Triton Art Museum, the Jamison-Brown House, the Carmelite Monastary, Harris-Lass Historic House Museum, the Headen-Inman House, and the deSaisset Museum.

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