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NEA Big Read is Coming! Join us for these virtual events

As a part of it’s NEA Big Read celebration of CIRCE,  the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are pleased to announce this exciting line-up of virtual events and book clubs. All events are free and open to the public!

Links to all programs are available below. The list includes keynote events, book clubs and programs of general interest.

Each program will remain available for 4 weeks after it first premieres.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and is sponsored by the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries. The program is designed to encourage the reading of great literature by offering discussions, book clubs, craft programs and more to selected communities. The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are one of only 75 organizations to receive this national grant.

Read more about the book here.

Hosting a book club or class discussion? Access FREE NEA Big Read educational materials about CIRCE here.




NEA Big Read: Meet Author Madeline Miller
This will be your perfect introduction to the best-selling CIRCE. Author Madeline Miller and staff from the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will offer some remarks and thoughts as you begin your literary journey to Ancient Greece. PROGRAM LINK: Facebook | YouTube
Thurs. Feb 18, 7pm

NEA Big Read: An Introduction to The Odyssey
Playwright and poet Dr. Carey Scott Wilkerson from Columbus State University will introduce us to classic heroic tale The Odyssey which serves as the basis for our NEA Big Read selection CIRCE. PROGRAM LINK: Podcast   
Thurs. Feb 25, 7pm

NEA Big Read: Circe and The Odyssey in Art
The Odyssey is a foundational myth that has influenced classical art and architecture throughout the centuries. Join Columbus State University Art History Professor Dr. Claire Black McCoy as she shows how interpretations of the story reverberate through classical and modern art.
Thurs. Mar. 4, 7pm

NEA Big Read: Of Dorothy, Leia and the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Heroine’s Journey
Famed professor Joseph Campbell shaped the concept of the Hero’s Journey. Now authors and filmmakers (including CIRCE’s Madeline Miller) are examining the concept of the journey to reconsider the female perspective. Join us for an introduction to some of these paradigm-shifting works.
Thurs. Mar. 11, 7pm

NEA Big Read: Modern Portrayals of Classic Themes
CIRCE is just one of the many wonderful retellings of the Odysseus legend. This overview will show just how pervasive this story and its themes are in our modern culture.
Thurs. Mar. 18, 7pm


Many of our public book clubs are discussing the work this month. Please click on the link in each club for more information about joining. New members are always welcome!

Page Turners Book Club
This month the Page Turner’s will discuss CIRCE. Please see this link for more information about joining!
Sat. Feb. 13, 1:00pm

Parents Read the Darndest Things Book Club
Our book club for parents will discuss CIRCE. Join us for this introductory video and then log into our chatroom to continue the conversation. Information about joining can be found at this link. PROGRAM LINK: Facebook | YouTube
Fri. Feb. 26, 3:00pm

One More Chapter Book Club
Join us for our virtual monthly, “Bring Your Own Book” club discussion. Participants can dial in or view with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Invitations will be sent the week of the event. Our NEA Big Read title CIRCE by Madeline Miller will be highlighted during this meeting. Click this link for more information about how to join.
Fri. Mar. 5, 4:00pm

Books n Brews Book Club
Like books? Like brews? This adult book club is the perfect mix for a lazy Saturday afternoon! Join us, (virtually for now via Zoom), at 2:00 p.m., on the 1st Saturday of each month to discuss selected titles. This month we’ll talk about the NEA Big Read book CIRCE. New members are always welcome! Call 706-243-2783 or email mlt@cvlga.org for log-on information.
Sat. Mar. 6, 2:00pm


Join us for one of these fun and informative programs exploring crafts, stories and more inspired by our NEA Big Read selection CIRCE. Some programs are geared for specific age groups but all may participate!

Battle of the Brains Trivia – CIRCE, Percy & Friends
This month’s Battle of the Brains Trivia contest takes on CIRCE and Greek Mythology. Log in and join us! PROGRAM LINK: Play the game here! If you are using the KAHOOT app to play, use game pin 06677006.
Mon. Feb. 22, 7:00pm

Quarantine Kitchen: Greek Pizza
Want to eat like the gods? Greek gods, that is! In celebration of our NEA Big Read selection, learn how to make an easy and delicious Greek pizza. Perfect for all ages! PROGRAM LINK: Facebook | YouTube
Wed. Feb. 24, 4:00pm

DIY Friday: Paper Laurel Wreath
If reading CIRCE has you feeling like a god or goddess, then reward yourself with this Paper Laurel Wreath. This easy craft can be made by older kids, teens and adults. PROGRAM LINK: Facebook | YouTube
Fri. Feb. 26, 4:00pm

What’s New in Teen Lit: Mythology Madness
There’s a lot to like about our NEA Big Read title CIRCE by Madeline Miller. In this program we’ll introduce you to some new titles in our collection that share similar elements of the story. And since Circe was a sorceress known for a knowledge of herbs and potions, you’ll learn how to start an herb garden using fresh herbs from the supermarket and how to make potions (flavored water) with them. PROGRAM LINK: Facebook | YouTube
Mon. Mar. 01, 4:00pm

Get Creative: Ancient Greek Pottery
Curious about pottery? Let’s see what Greek culture can teach us. Then, we’ll work on some pieces of our own. This program is especially for teens but all may join us! PROGRAM LINK: Facebook | YouTube
Wed. Mar. 03, 4:00pm

Get Creative: Mythology in Modern Times
Did you know that mythology is still relevant and present in our everyday, modern lives? In honor of the NEA Big Read title CIRCE by Madeline Miller, we’ll introduce you to some well-known (and some not-so-well-known) Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Then we’ll learn how from the cereal you eat each morning to the medicines that make you feel better, the practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans and common roots of their words still impact our lives today. This program is especially for teens but all may join us!
Mon. Mar. 08, 4:00pm

Silent No More!
Like the heroine Circe in our NEA Big Read selection, women have pushed back against the forces of patriarchy and more, to own their voices. In honor of Women’s History Month we’ll share titles celebrating women’s voices!
Wed. Mar. 10, 4:00pm

Get Creative: “Finding the Helpers”… Tackling Isolation
In this year’s NEA Big Read book, CIRCE, “isolation” seems to serve Circe well. But, how are you handling the ongoing isolation inherent in an age of COVID? We’ll share about “finding the helpers”, those people who can be of assistance if you are feeling down or depressed. This program is especially for teens but all may join us.
Mon. Mar. 15, 4:00pm

Family Medicine Cabinet
Our heroine Circe is an enchantress, blessed with skills in potions and herbs. Nowadays we have clinical pharmacists such as Dr. Maleta Whitfield-Parker who are skilled with our “modern potions” (i.e. medicine). Join us for this informative look inside your Family Medicine Cabinet, with important tips for maintaining a safe and healthful medical regimen.
Tues. Mar. 16, 3:00pm

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