Join Homer Public Library for ‘The Big Read’

• Event features Tim O’Brien’s “The Things they Carried”
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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Friends of the Homer Public Library will host multiple events to enrich the reading experience of Tim O’Brien’s, “The Things They Carried.”
“We are so excited to have the opportunity as a community to discuss O’Brien’s amazing book,” said Friends coordinator Erin Hollowell. “The novel is a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking work that centers on memory, imagination, conflict and the redemptive power of story-telling. It will provide a chance for all segments of our community to share in the pleasure of reading a good book.”
Copies of the novel are immediately available at the library for extended loan. Other materials, such as reader’s guides and audio guides, are also available at the circulation desk.
The Big Read will commence with a kick-off party: “Revisit the ‘60s” on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the library. Activities will include live music from the ‘60s and ‘70s featuring Tyler Munns, a trivia contest, a costume contest, food and more. Information about other events and copies of the book will be available at the party. Participants can also take time to sign up for one of the local discussion groups held around town.

Scheduled events include:
Reader’s Theater featuring sections of “The Things They Carried” by Pier One Theatre. Be enticed by the amazing language and compelling story. (Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Homer Public Library)
Professor Michael Hawfield of the Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus, will host a lecture and discussion about the political, historical and social ramifications of the Vietnam War. (Jan. 31, 6-7:30 p.m., library.)
Local author and KBC professor, Rich Chiappone, will host a discussion about his short story, “Raccoon,” which takes place during the Vietnam War. He will also show a short film made from the story. (Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., library.)
Ann-Margaret Wimmerstadt, local artist extraordinaire, will hold a “memory” collage class, encouraging participants of all artistic levels to create art with memorabilia. (Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., library.)
Erin Hollowell, adjunct professor at KBC, will moderate a discussion about war poetry with examples from World War I and the Vietnam War, as well as poems about the conflict in the Middle East. (Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., library.)
Tim O’Brien, capstone address: This is an event you won’t want to miss. There will also be an opportunity to purchase books for signing. (March 1, 7:30-9 p.m., Mariner Theatre.)
Share Your Story: KBBI and the Friends of the Homer Public Library team up to record your stories during the month of February. To learn more about the opportunity to share your story, e-mail
Book Discussion Group: Feb. 12 and 26, 6-8 p.m., library.
Additional events will be added and advertised via e-mail and websites.
The Big Read is locally supported by the Friends of the Homer Public Library and the Homer Foundation. It is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.
The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest, and Homer is one of 78 communities participating nationwide.

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