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Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

Recurring Events

Art Start: Los Colores
We will read the children's companion book Green is a Chile Pepper as we explore colors in the gallery and the art studio. We will highlight Hispanic culture and the art of bookmaking in this special Art Start session! Art Start is a FREE program for children ages 3 to 5 to engage with art, imagine, and learn together. Space is limited. Registration is required in advance at www.wichitaartmuseum.org/artstart.
10 - 11 a.m. or 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays in October (individuals/families), Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard
10 - 11 a.m. or 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Thursdays in October (preschool classes or daycare), Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Into the Beautiful North Reading Challenge
Delve deeply into the 2015 Big Read selection. In these sessions, we will explore the themes, life of the author, time period, and setting while discussing the novel in small doses.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays in October, Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Pre-Big Read Events

FEATURED EVENT: Pre-Party for Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Start the Big Read off right with book giveaways, mariachi music, reader's theater, trivia, refreshments, and more. The event with music and a free copy of Into the Beautiful North starts at 2 p.m.; the program begins at 2:30.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Dora and Diego Fiesta!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Dora and Diego with crafts and games based on the popular characters. For children ages 4-7. Registration is required and starts Sept. 9; call 303-8181.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Immigrant Sisters' Success
Hear from Olivia Ibarra and Estella Mungia, two sisters originally from Mexico who recently earned their high school diplomas.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., Haysville Community Library, 210 S. Hays, Haysville

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Can you make a snowflake out of a tortilla? Enjoy fun stories that celebrate the Hispanic culture, including one of the Big Read companion books, Green Is a Chile Pepper. For children ages 3-7 with their families.
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

FEATURED EVENT: Migration of the Monarchs
Join us for a presentation by naturalist Jim Mason about the annual migration of the monarch butterfly. Part of Great Plains Nature Center's Prairie Pollinator Party, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m., Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street

Week 1 Events: Oct. 1 - Oct. 4

Book Discussion - Evergreen First Thursdays
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Thursday night book discussion.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Can you make a snowflake out of a tortilla? Enjoy fun stories that celebrate the Hispanic culture, including one of the Big Read companion books, Green Is a Chile Pepper. For children ages 3-7 with their families.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Fast-Pitch Softball and the Mexican American Communities of Kansas
Gene Chavez will discuss the Mexican American Softball League. Sponsored by the Newton Public Library in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 - 11 a.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, Newton

Mexican American Softball League Photo Share
See the Kauffman Museum's Home Town Teams exhibit, share stories and bring your photos of the Mexican American Softball League to be scanned at the Museum and returned to you this same day. Sponsored by the Kauffman Museum in partnership with the Newton Public Library.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Kauffman Museum, 27th and North Main, Bethel College, North Newton

Create & Craft
Celebrate the culture of Mexico by creating your own Into the Beautiful North-inspired craft. Registration is required and starts Sept. 23; call 337-9456.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

Film Screening: Escaping Syria
At the event we will show the IRC's award-winning 30-minute documentary, Escaping Syria. It tells the story of four families, two from Domiz Camp in Kurdistan and two from Bebnine, Lebanon, who were forced to flee their homes in war-torn Syria. In the temporary shelters and refugee camps where they live, daily life is an exhausting struggle. Prior to showing the film, IRC in Wichita's Executive Director Jennifer Doran will speak about the Syrian refugee crises. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested $10 donation.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 - 9 p.m., Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway

Week 2 Events: Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

Book Discussion - Derby Public Library (Tuesday)
Come join the discussion of Into the North by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 - 11 a.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Welcome to "Cine Pedro Infante," the local theatre in Urrea's fictional village of Tres Camarones. We will screen the 1960 classic Western film starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, and Steve McQueen that inspired Nayeli's quest in Into the Beautiful North. What courageous actions will you be inspired to take? (PG; 128 minutes)
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Beyond the Beautiful North: Urrea's Poetry
For those who want to explore more deeply the works by author Luis Alberto Urrea, join us for a discussion about his poetry. We will explore "The Tijuana Book of the Dead," "Ghost Sickness," "The Fever of Being," and "Vatos." It is not necessary to have read them to enjoy the program. Latin American literature specialists will introduce us to a wide range of creative and informative writing styled by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Into the Beautiful North Book Talk
If you are not a part of a regular book group and want to talk about the Big Read, come join us for a scintillating discussion and refreshments. The discussion will include background information and concepts of this wonderful title.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Adult & Me Workshop: Dia De Los Muertos
CityArts holds free Adult & Me workshops on the second Saturday of each month. It's a great opportunity for children and the special adults in their lives to spend quality time together completing themed art projects that they can take home that day. In honor of this year's Big Read title, October's art project relates to the Latin American Day of the Dead holiday.​
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. - Noon, CityArts, 334 N. Mead

Seven Samurai (1954)
Filmmaker Kurosawa's epic Japanese drama Seven Samurai is considered a classic, his greatest work. It inspired Yul Brynner and others to vie for the rights of an American remake, and led to the creation of The Magnificent Seven. See the work that started it all. Learn more about how this Japanese story became a classic Western film (unrated; 207 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 - 5 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Heading North: Latino/a Literature and Mexican Migration
Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Professor of English at the University of Kansas, explores literature by U.S Latino/a writers (including Urrea's novel Into the Beautiful North) that tells stories of migration north from Mexico. How does this literature represent the dangerous journey, the reasons for making it, the devastation that migration can wreak on families and communities, and the tragic deaths and disappearances that so often are the result? Join Marta for a provocative discussion.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 3 - 4 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

Week 3 Events: Oct. 12 - Oct. 18

Preschool Storytime
This regularly scheduled session of McConnell AFB Library's Preschool Storytime will have a Big Read Wichita connection!
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m., McConnell AFB Library

Book Discussion - Bethel College
Jackie Moore, Bethel College instructor of Literary Studies, and Daniel Eells, Newton Public Library's Adult Services Supervisor, lead a discussion of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Bethel College Will Academic Center, Rm. 108

Senior Wednesday: Peter Fletcher Performs
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher presents a concert featuring a wide range of musical pieces from Bach and Grieg to the Catalan songs of Miguel Llobet and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Peter Fletcher's three early recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital, and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works, have received critical acclaim. Hailing from New York City, Mr. Fletcher's long and illustrious career includes many awards and honors.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Teaching Latin America in the USA: Challenges and Perspectives
Dr. Francisco Flores-Cuautle, Assistant Professor in Wichita State University's Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, will be speaking about his experiences as an educator of Latin American literature and culture. Admission is $4. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. 1st St. N.

Book Discussion - Derby Public Library (Thursday)
Come join the discussion of Into the North by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 - 7 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Day It Snowed Tortillas
Can you make a snowflake out of a tortilla? Enjoy fun stories that celebrate the Hispanic culture, including one of the Big Read companion books, Green Is a Chile Pepper. For children ages 3-7 with their families.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

FEATURED EVENT: Day of the Dead & Memorial Celebrations
Learn about Day of the Dead and how it is celebrated both by American Indian tribes and in Mexican culture. Participants will make their own sugar skulls and have the opportunity to view the new exhibit "Alaska: People of the Ice and Snow" for half-price admission.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 - 3 p.m., Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca Street

Peliculas at the Library: Sin Nombre (2009)
A Honduran girl on a train to the U.S. encounters a Mexican gang member who is being pursued by one of his own. Together the two young people face danger and violence on their journeys. This film by writer & director Cary Fukunaga won awards for directing and cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. (rated R; 96 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 - 2:36 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Week 4 Events: Oct. 19 - Oct. 25

Book Discussion - Derby Public Library (Monday)
Come join the discussion of Into the North by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2 - 3 p.m., Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove

¡Celebramos! Day of the Dead
Learn more about the fascinating traditions of this Mexican holiday. You'll be able to visit different stations to cut your own papel picado banner, learn about ofrendas, and decorate a sugar skull to take home. For teens aged 12-17.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Book Discussion - Westlink 3rd Tuesdays
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Westlink Branch Library's Tuesday afternoon book discussion.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1 - 2 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Westlink Branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

Suzanne's Big Read Book Club
Join Suzanne Tobias, Wichita Eagle reporter and local bibliophile, for a book club discussion of Into the Beautiful North. Share your thoughts on this quest journey and the author's style of storytelling. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and starts Oct. 6; call 688-9361.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Sharing Memories of the Ranchito Community
Bring photos, documents and stories related to the Ranchito housing community in Newton. Materials will be scanned on site and informal oral histories will be recorded to document stories and memories. Sponsored by the Newton Public Library and the Harvey County Historical Society.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, Newton

Into the Beautiful North Book Talk
If you are not a part of a regular book group and want to talk about the Big Read, come join us for a scintillating discussion and refreshments. The discussion will include background information and concepts of this wonderful title.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Beyond the Beautiful North: Urrea's Nonfiction
For those who want to explore more deeply the works by author Luis Alberto Urrea, join us for a discussion about his nonfiction. We will explore Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Devil's Highway, Across the Wire, and memoirs of Nobody's Son and The Wandering Time. It is not necessary to have read them to enjoy the program. Latin American literature specialists will introduce us to a wide range of creative and informative writing styled by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Book Discussion - Pageturners Book Club
In this regularly scheduled meeting of the McConnell AFB Library's Pageturners Book Club, we will read Into the Beautiful North and watch The Magnificent Seven.
Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Library

ArtVenture: The Little Read
To celebrate the annual Big Read, Wichita Art Museum dedicates its monthly family program to literacy and the arts with special artmaking, games and activities. Families are invited to attend this special ArtVenture that brings the joys of reading and the arts together with special book giveaways and performances.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Peliculas at the Library: Biutiful (2010)
Javier Bardem stars in a film about a man raising his two children alone. When he is stricken with cancer, he must find a way to care for his children after he is gone. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Bardem. (rated R; 147 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 - 3:27 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Sharing Memories of the Ranchito Community
Bring photos, documents and stories related to the Ranchito housing community in Newton. Materials will be scanned on site and informal oral histories will be recorded to document stories and memories. Sponsored by the Newton Public Library and the Harvey County Historical Society.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, Newton

Week 5 Events: Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

Tuesday Topics: Immigration Policy
Recent actions demonstrate the volatility of the immigration issue. Seeking work, safety, and stability, thousands of immigrants are living and working in the United States without official sanction. Are these workers an essential component of the U.S. economy or a drain on financial resources? What is the social impact to communities and families when borders divide them? Learn more about this issue from our panel of immigration speakers. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Wichita Public Library. Room opens at 11:30 a.m. for brown bag lunch; drinks provided.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, Noon - 1 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
Your genealogy search doesn't need to stop at the border. Learn how to track down family from far away. The manager of Wichita Public Library's Genealogy & Special Collections Center will provide tips and sources to locate your immigrant ancestor.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 S. Main

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Welcome to "Cine Pedro Infante," the local theatre in Urrea's fictional village of Tres Camarones. We will screen the 1960 classic Western film starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, and Steve McQueen that inspired Nayeli's quest in Into the Beautiful North. What courageous actions will you be inspired to take? (PG; 128 minutes)
Thursday, Oct. 29, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

Book Discussion - El Dorado
This year, we want to bring The Big Read to El Dorado! Bradford Memorial Library is excited to offer a book discussion on the 2015 Big Read selection, Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea. Copies of the book are available at the library so that people in our community can read the book and be ready to discuss. Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Bradford Memorial Library, 611 S. Washington, El Dorado

¡Celebramos! Day of the Dead
Celebrate Hispanic culture with traditional Day of the Dead crafts, milagros, stories, and music. Fun for the whole familia! For children ages 4 and up.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Double Feature Part I: Dracula (1931)
This film starring Carlos Villarías tells the classic story of the vampire Dracula. Although filmed entirely in Spanish, this American production had access to the same sets and actors as the English-language production which starred Bela Legosi. (Not rated; 104 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 - 2:44 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Double Feaure Part II: Juan de los muertos [Juan of the Dead] (2011)
A comedy zombie film about Juan, a Cuban slacker who discovers a rash of recent attacks are not caused by dissidents but by the undead. Juan has a plan to not only kill the zombies but make money off the endeavor. (Not rated; 96 minutes)
Saturday, Oct. 31, 3 - 4:36 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

¡Celebramos! Day of the Dead
Celebrate Hispanic culture with traditional Day of the Dead crafts, milagros, stories, and music. Fun for the whole familia! For children ages 4 and up.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wichita Public Library - Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Week 6 Events: Nov. 2 - Nov. 9

Book Discussion - Evergreen First Tuesdays
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Tuesday afternoon book discussion group.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1 - 2 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Evergreen Branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

Piñata Party
To encourage reading among students and staff, Wichita Area Technical College Library will host an Into the Beautiful North party. At 11 a.m., Jim Mason from the Great Plains Nature Center will present "Migration of the Monarchs." Following that, we'll have a Monarch Maker Space, readings from this year's Big Read Wichita selection, and snacks. Open to the public.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., WATC Southside Campus Commons, 4501 E. 47th St. S.

Beyond the Beautiful North: Urrea's Short Stories
For those who want to explore more deeply the works by author Luis Alberto Urrea, join us for a discussion about his short stories. "Six Kinds of Sky" and "The Water Museum" are on tap. Speakers will read portions of a selected short story at this event. It is not necessary to have read them to enjoy the program. Latin American literature specialists will introduce us to a wide range of creative and informative writing styled by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wichita Public Library - Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th

An Interactive Museum Exhibition
Goddard High School's Honors students will present research projects related to Into the Beautiful North. Refreshments served. For all ages.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Goddard High School, 2500 S. 199th Street, Goddard

Luis Alberto Urrea Lecture & Reception
WSU's department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures presents author Luis Alberto Urrea as part of the 2015 Big Read Wichita. Urrea is the author of Into the Beautiful North, which follows the journey of 19 year old Nayeli across the Mexican border, to the north, as she looks for the answers to protect and save her hometown. The author was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Devil’s Highway and has received numerous awards for books that include poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and novels. Refreshments & book signing will follow the lecture.
Friday, Nov. 6, 3 - 5 p.m., Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University campus

FEATURED EVENT: Evening with the Author
Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, will speak at an event free and open to the public. Presented in part by Wichita State University and Friends of the Wichita Public Library. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 - 9 p.m., Wichita State University Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5101 E. 29th St. N.

Book Discussion - Newton Public Library
Join the discussion of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, the 2015 Big Read book. Daniel Eells, Adult Services Supervisor, will lead the discussion. Contact the Library for copies of the book.
Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, Newton

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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