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Big Read Kick Off April 1st

Big Read Kick Off  – No Foolin’ A Free Book!

No Foolin’ A Free Book. Monday  4/1/12 All public library partners will kick-off the Big Read by offering give-away of books, Thornton Wilder Reader’s Guides and audio guides, as well as opportunities to win tickets to the performance of Our Town starring John McGivern.


Kick off at Young Auditorium with Premiere of Around the Corner featuring Whitewater

Young Auditorium, 930 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI.

Monday, April 1, 6:00 PM.  Children’s activities, raffle for tickets and books, music by the Country Gentlemen.

Monday, April 1, 7:00 PM.  Around the Corner featuring Whitewater premiere with John McGivern!

The campus and community of Whitewater is the focus of Milwaukee Public Television’s series Around the Corner with John McGivern.  A free premiere of the episode will be shown at the Young Auditorium.  Local “celebrities” who are featured in the show will be on hand as John McGivern gives the community and campus a behind the scenes look at the filming of the Whitewater episode.

The second season of Around the Corner will feature communities throughout Wisconsin.  Episodes will air throughout the state on WI Public TV.  Emmy-winning actor John McGivern leads a unique field trip through 13 diverse towns and neighborhoods from Sheboygan to Racine, and Burlington to Whitewater. McGivern discovers the secrets to living well, working hard, and playing merrily in all of these hometowns. Along the way, he bumps into local historian John Gurda who shares fascinating historical gems about town settlers, buildings, parks, and neighborhoods.

Thornton Wilder Focus of 5th annual Big Read – Twelve Area Libraries will be hosting events

Wisconsin native Thornton Wilder will be the focus of southeastern Wisconsin’s fifth Big Read.  The Young Auditorium with area libraries and community partners will engage the community in a diverse range of activities related to Thornton Wilder’s novel Bridge of San Luis Rey and the play Our Town.  The effort was awarded a $15,000 by The Big Read  a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The last year’s Big Read reached 2,351 children and 3,013 adults at over seventy events throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

For 2013 Big Read the theme of Our Voices, Our Town will open a community dialogue across our rural region of southeastern Wisconsin. We invite you to share your own thoughts and views as to how you define Your Town by visiting the Big Read website, www.ourvoicesourtown.com.

The Thornton Wilder Society notes that this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the first staged production of Our Town in 1938.  Our Town opened on Broadway on February 4 that year and later that spring, the play brought Wilder his second Pulitzer Prize. Seventy five years later, Our Town is still considered one of the great American plays, and not a night goes by that it is not performed somewhere in the United States or Canada.

Check your local library for their participation and event calendar.  Twelve area libraries have will be hosting events.  Updates will be available at the Big Read website:  http://www.ourvoicesourtown.com

Art Walk detailed in Whitewater Register Article

Dave Fidlin, Correspondent for the Whitewater Register reports on the success of the planning for the Art Walk in Whitewater as part of this year’s Big Read, Our Voices, Our Town.


While art in its many forms has long been celebrated in Whitewater, a number of community businesses and organizations are banding together in the months ahead to create a series of events. The collaborative effort is the largest in scale in recent history.

The first event, a workshop known as Paint the Town, will be held Saturday at Studio 84. Participants can bring in a photo of a Whitewater building or landscape and paint a portrait of the image.

Click here for the entire article.

AAUW and WCAC join the Big Read for special luncheon at Lake Lawn

The Geneva Lake Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Walworth County Arts Council in conjunction with the BIG READ of the University of 
Wisconsin—Whitewater and the Young Auditorium invite you to attend a luncheon event featuring Tappan Wilder, nephew and literary executor for Thornton Wilder and Wilder biographer, Penelope Niven.
WHERE:  Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, WI
WHEN:  Thursday, April 18, 2013

Advanced reservations required by April 11, 2013.

Click here for a pdf of the reservation form.

Click here for details of the program.