April 2, 5pm – Documentary, UW-Whitewater, UC76, Summers Auditorium It Happened Here: “Through the intimate portraits of five student survivors, It Happened Here exposes the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the institutional cover-ups and the failure to protect students, and follows their fight for accountability and change on campus and in federal court.” http://www.ithappenedhere.org/This presentation will be followed by a discussion with Paige Smith, UW-Whitewater Title IX Coordinator.
April 3, 6-8pm – SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) Trivia Night, UW-Whitewater, UC Ballroom, sponsored by UW-W Health and Counseling Services
April 5 and 19, 6pm – Student Book Group Discussion of The Round House at Andersen Library/ UW-W campus. Open to UW-W students only. Please register by emailing Anna Remillard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5, 12-12:30pm – The Lunch Bunch Book Discussion for Homeschoolers, featuring The Birchbark House at Dwight Foster Library, Fort Atkinson. Call the library for more information about participating.
April 6-7, all day – Storywalk, featuring Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie, UW-Whitewater campus Take a break and walk a story! The Storywalk begins at Hyland Hall and ends at the Children’s Center in the Roseman building. This walk is self-guided.
April 9, 3pm – Fairhaven Lecture Series: Amy Casselman Hontalas Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country Lecturer at San Francisco State University, Amy Casselman Hontalas will highlight race and gender in federal law to challenge the argument that violence against Native women in Indian country is simply collateral damage from a complex but necessary legal structure. Instead, it demonstrates that what’s happening in Indian country is part of a violent colonial legacy – one that has always relied on legal and sexual violence to disempower Native communities as a whole.Today, due to a complicated system of criminal jurisdiction, non-Native Americans can commit crimes against American Indians with virtual impunity in much of Indian country (the legal term for American Indian reservations and land held in trust for Native people). This climate of impunity disproportionately affects Native women who are routinely targeted by non-Native men for sexual violence. The lecture will place Louise Erdich’s novel The Roundhouse in a contemporary political-legal framework and an historic context, and will draw meaningful connections between the experiences of the protagonist and the lived experiences of Native women in Indian country today.
April 9, 3:45pm – Visit Hedberg Library in Janesville for “Camp HPL” Book Camp for Kids in Grades 3-5 Let’s have fun with books as part of the BIG READ! After registering, come to the Children’s Desk to pick up a free copy (to keep!) of Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House to read before camp. Then come to Book Camp for some book talk, games, activities and snacks inspired by the book. Space is limited to nine participants and registration is required. Register online, at the Children’s Desk or call 758-6585
April 10, 12pm – AAUW Luncheon at Ivan’s on the Square (ticketed event): Guest speaker, Amy Casselman Hontalas – Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country Tickets for this event are $25. All proceeds benefit the AAUW Scholarship Fund. Please contact Roberta Rohdin Killian to purchase tickets – (262) 245-9268
April 10, 3pm – Native Pride Lecture Series: Amy Casselman Hontalas – Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country
April 11, 6pm – Little Free Library Reception at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater) Open to all Little Free Library stewards and individuals who want to learn more about LFLs. This is an opportunity to network, share ideas, learn more about The Big Read, and pick up free books to stock LFLs. We will also have a new LFL that is being created as a part of The Big Read available for you to put your personal stamp on!
April 12, 6pm – Mark Denning at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater) Mark Denning will speak about Anishinaabe cultural perspectives in The Round House that may be invisible to the casual reader. Denning is enrolled in the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and his ancestry includes Menominee, Mille Lacs Ojibwe, Stockbridge-Munsee, French and English. His experience as an educator, lecturer and curriculum specialist in American Indian history and culture has taken him all over the world, working with people, communities and organizations. In his words, “I cannot speak for over 500 Tribal Nations, but I can speak from my own experience as a tribal person, to develop understanding between people in the best way that I know how — and that is with humor, intelligence and authenticity.”
April 12, 4:30 – 6pm – Visit the Beloit Public Library for activities celebrating The Birchbark House (for ages 6-12): Decorate/ personalize “skins” with pictographs and create necklaces like the Anishinabe (Ojibwa) people. Construct rock people, share book trivia, and enjoy a book related snack. All materials provided, while supplies last.
April 14, 10am – Coffee and a Book…discussion at Blender Cafe @ the Beloit Public Library
April 14, 10am – Saturday Morning Philosophy at Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson (free and open to the public) You probably believe that you know something, and you probably believe that you know something about the way the world is or should be. How do you know you are right? Could reality be quite different than what you think you know? Or course it could be…right? We may not reach any answers, but we should hopefully learn a lot from each other on the way to trying to figure out possible answers; our focus is on the journey and understanding different perspectives. Join us to tackle the question – What Is Art? Is it possible to separate an artist from his/her work? This discussion will be led by Ruth Tallman.
April 17 – “Try it Tuesday” at Andersen Library (UW-Whitewater campus) Visit the library to try food inspired by the book!
April 18, 10am & 11am – Storytime featuring Thunder Boy, Jr. by Alexie Sherman at Beloit Public Library
April 18, 2pm – The Round House Book Discussion at Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn
April 18, 6pm – Mark Denning at Hedberg Library (Janesville) Mark Denning will speak about Anishinaabe cultural perspectives in The Round House that may be invisible to the casual reader.
April 18, 6:30pm – Books & Brew at Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. W, Fort Atkinson Sponsored by the Dwight Foster Public Library, join friends for a drink and discussion of The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
April 19, 6:30-8:00pm – Community Book Bunch at Edgerton Public Library
April 19, 7pm – The Round House Book Discussion at Footville Church of Christ, facilitated by Orfordville Public Library
April 21, 9am-3pm – Edgerton Public Library Storywalk (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
May 1, 4-5pm – Edgerton Public Library Pages & Projects Club (The Birchbark House), a book to art club for school aged children grades 2-5
May 1, 10:30am – Eager Free Public Library book discussion (The Round House).
May 4, 10:30am – Andersen Library (UW-W) Storytime, featuring Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie – open to the general public
May 6, 10am-2pm – Finale Event at Old World Wisconsin Join us at Old World Wisconsin (Eagle, WI) on their opening weekend to participate in the following Big Read activities. A Storywalk, featuring Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie, will be available on the grounds all day. We will put the final touches on the new Little Free Library for Young Auditorium between 10am and noon. Artwork inspired by The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich and created by students from Lakeview Elementary in Whitewater and Monroe Elementary in Janesville will be on display; a reception with artist, Sally Koehler, will be held at 1pm.