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Big Read means Big Fun with variety of activities

Bass Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Deer Isle -

BASS HARBOR, Maine — The fabulous fun of The Big Read continues with an artists’ reception, a community read-aloud, book discussions, a talk on caving, a visit to Winterfest, quilting and more in different communities in coastal Hancock County.
The artists’ reception is Thursday, Jan 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library to celebrate the exhibit “Fabulous Fences and Wise Words” inspired by the famous fence-painting scene in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Meet the artists, refreshments served.
Head to Northeast Harbor on Main Street Variety and Garage Deli on Thursday, Jan. 19 for a community read-aloud of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Or join book discussions that same day on Isle au Haut at the school from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Frenchboro at the school from 2 to 3 p.m.; or Islesford at the library from 7 to 8 p.m.
The Big Read will be at Winterfest at Deer Isle-Stonington High School gym on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And the same day over on Mount Desert Island, two Acadia National Park rangers will give a talk at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor from 11 a.m. to noon about caving. And on Swans Island that day, it’s quilting and more fun activities along with refreshments and a book discussion at the library from 1 to 4 p.m. Also that day, there will be a book discussion facilitated by author Candace Stover at the Southwest Harbor Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m.
Geared around “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. MDI-based nonprofit Island Readers & Writers is the only recipient of an NEA grant for The Big Read in Maine this year, and one of only five recipients in all of New England. The program’s aim is to reinvigorate reading as part of shared American culture.
Free copies of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” are available at libraries including the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Islesford library, Somesville library, Swans Island library, Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Tremont, Chase Memorial Library in Deer Isle and Northeast Harbor Library, the lead library partner which is helping Island Readers & Writers coordinate events.
For more information, visit www.islandreadersandwriters.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Jan Coates

Telephone Number: (207)288-2211

Website: http://islandreadersandwriters.org

Email: jcoates@islandreadersandwriters.org