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Five Ways to Celebrate The Big Read

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While the newest round of looming winter storms is wreaking havoc with travel plans all across the country, it turns out that armchair traveling is still alive and well. In that spirit, here are five Big Read events that are on my wish list for February. (Don't forget to visit The Big Read website for the full list of events taking place over the next 28 days---and beyond!)

1. Looks like I've got till Thursday (February 3) to make my way to Brunswick, Georgia, for Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association's screening of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Did I mention that the movie stars Brad Pitt?

2. The DIY-wannabe in me can't resist heading to Deerfield, Massachusetts, for Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's craft night! Inspired by Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, they'll be trying their hands at tie-dye, macrame, and lots more on February 8. In other words, bliss.

3. On February 12 I'd love to find myself in Los Angeles, where the multigenerational West Adams Club is celebrating LA Department of Cultural Affairs' Big Read of The Joy Luck Club by diving into the novel and making paper lanterns that reflect each participant's own family stories.  I did mention I have a thing for crafts, right?

4. Unless George Clooney finally calls, I have no plans for Valentine's Day. Instead of waiting by the phone, I'd love to head to central Illinois for trivia and free books at Walnut Street Winery. It's all part of Illinois State Library's Big Read of Carson McCuller's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

5. Front row and center (in Malvern, Pennsylvania, that is) is where I'd love to be on February 17 to catch opening night of The People's Light and Theatre Company's stage version of their Big Read pick, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hmm, wonder if the whitewashing scene involves audience participation?

So which events would YOU take in on your virtual Big Read roadtrip?

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