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Library's Fall Events for Teens Announced

8/13/2012
Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian | JHeinicke@wichita.gov | (316) 261-8524

Crafts, Competition and The Big Read Highlight Offerings

All events are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at (316) 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. Seating is limited. Central Library can accommodate larger groups; call 261-8512. Thanks to the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Library Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these events possible.

Crafts 4 Fun
Add creativity to your life: come and learn a new craft each month. Registration is required so enough supplies can be assured for class members. Open to ages 14 and up. (60 minutes)

Duct Tape-a-Rama
Most people just think duct tape is industrial and sticky, but this multipurpose problem solver has inspired people to make everything from wallets to prom dresses! Come explore different ideas and make a project during class. Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 22; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Embroidery Floss Chains
Make a super easy and colorful necklace from the simplest of materials. Try a project that makes fiber art fun! Registration begins Wednesday, Sept. 26; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Paper Wreaths
Found paper items combine with simple techniques to equal a super work of art! Come work on a project that will be sure to be admired for its beauty and ingenuity. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 24; call 261-8506.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Spa Days
Make lotions and soap that smell good and are good for you. For ages 12-17. Registration begins Wednesday, Sept. 5; call 261-8512. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

The Big Read Kickoff
Celebrate the Jazz Age with the Roberto Bernardinello Band, vocalist Kylie Jo Smith and Ballet Wichita. Enjoy a dramatized reading of this year's Big Read selection, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Autos from the era will be on display outside. Pick up your copy of "The Great Gatsby" while supplies last. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (2 hours)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd

Monopoly® Game Tournament
Go directly to the Evergreen Public Library! Do not pass Go! Do not collect $200! Release your inner desire for money, ambition, and greed. Will you win big or will you lose it all? For adults and teens aged 13 and up. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 3: call 303-8181.(2.5 hours)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

World Records Remix
Try different Guinness world records on a small scale. For ages 12-17. (90 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

The Big Read Matinee: "The Great Gatsby"
Robert Redford brings the unforgettable character of Jay Gatsby to life on the big screen in this 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Commentary follows. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (About 2 hours)

  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway St

F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby," and the American Dream
The 1920s was a decade of glitz and glamour, flappers, gin and petting parties, and false opulence. At the center of it all was its self-appointed king, F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is today best remembered for his tragic hero, Jay Gatsby. Keynote delivered by Kerry Jones, MFA, Wichita State University Department of English. For older teens and adults. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Zelda Fitzgerald: Muse to Madness
Zelda Fitzgerald and her husband, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, were the golden couple of the 1920s, epitomizing the roaring promise of the decade. Zelda and Scott’s brilliance and their excesses defined the age. And like the decade itself, their brief, tempestuous lives ended in calamity. Beginning at age 30, Zelda spent much of her remaining years in mental hospitals, receiving treatment for schizophrenia. She perished at age 48 in a fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. "Muse to Madness" allows Zelda herself to tell the story of her glory and her disintegration. Zelda (as portrayed by Debra Conner) takes her guests on a journey through memory, recounting her life as wife and muse to one of America’s greatest writers. It is, as one writer described it, “the saddest story you’ve ever heard.” For older teens and adults. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (60 minutes)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, Friends University, Alumni Auditorium (Davis Hall), 2100 W.
    University Ave.

A Kwanzaa Celebration
Join us as Wichita's own Griots share stories that highlight the seven principles of Kwanzaa for
the entire family, ages 3 and up. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
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