Calendar of Events


March 22 – Event Kick-Off at Hoard Museum and Library book give-away
Visit your local participating library to pick up a free copy of The Round House (while they last!).  Join us at The Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson for The Mary Hoard Art Show and Big Read Kick-Off Event, featuring: give-a-ways, raffle, crafts, and storywalk.
April 4, 11, 18, 25, 12pm – The Round House Lunch Discussions at UW-Whitewater
These campus lunch discussions will center on the topic of sexual violence against women and will be led by UW-W faculty and staff.
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 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 $20.  All proceeds benefit the AAUW Scholarship Fund.

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 Stewards Reception at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater)                                                                                                                        Open to all Little Free Library stewards who wish to network, share ideas, learn more about The Big Read, and pick up free books to stock their LFLs.

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 – Movie Screening sponsored by Andersen Library

April 18, 10am & 11am – Storytime featuring Thunder Boy, Jr. by Alexie Sherman at Beloit Public Library

April 18, 6pm  – Mark Denning at Hedberg Library (Janesville)

April 17 – “Try it Tuesday” at Andersen Library

April 19, 6:30-8:00pm – Community Book Bunch at Edgerton 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 6 – Finale Event at Old World Wisconsin


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