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Patterson Library hosting Big Read event

February 20, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Patterson Library is partnering with the SUNY Fredonia English Department for a special program focusing on this year's Big Read book, "The Call of the Wild," by Jack London.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m., Pilar Padrn, Ayla Dziduch and Thomas Beite will give a presentation on Jack London and then lead a discussion about the book. Free copies of the book are available at Patterson Library. Library Director Eli Guinnee hopes readers of all ages will read the book in February.

"The book is as relevant and readable today as it was the day it was published," Guinnee said. "It is the rare timeless masterpiece."

The presenters are students in the English Department at SUNY Fredonia. According to Guinnee, collaborations with SUNY Fredonia students have become a favorite part of the Patterson Library schedule.

"I always look forward to working with the students and it gives them a great opportunity to talk directly with community members," Guinnee said. "We try to do something like this once or twice a year."

The book follows the story of Buck, a large dog stolen from a life of leisure to pull sleds in the Klondike for men in search of gold. When he arrives in the frozen north, he is forced to defend himself in the brutal environment. London himself spent a year seeking his fortune in gold

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Call 326-2154 or email for more information.



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