Headlights, Grill and Front Tire of a Classic Car
South Entrance
Main Library
Sunday, March 31 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Celebrate the closing of another successful Big Read program with refreshments, live music performed by Crossroads Brass Band and a classic car display.
Cover: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
West Branch Meeting Room A
West Branch
Thursday, March 21 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The child of emancipated slaves, Jack Johnson fought violent segregation and the racism of white America during the era of Jim Crow to become the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world. In The Big Smoke, poet Adrian Matejka uses the voices of Johnson and the many white women that he loved to examine Johnson's complicated legacy: his childhood in poverty, his flashy personality and wealth, his brutal relationships with his lovers and his pinnacle match against the former undefeated world heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries in Reno, Nevada.
Big Read 2019 Logo: The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Main Library
Wednesday, March 27 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
For forty years, Penn State University and its beloved head football coach "St. Joe" Paterno could do no wrong in the eyes of the citizens of the area known as Happy Valley. This all changed in November 2011, when the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Not rated. Refreshments will be served.
Woman Writing in Notebook
LifeLong Learning Center
Main Library
Saturday, March 23 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Amy Ash, English Professor and director of Indiana State University's Creative Writing Program will guide a poetry workshop based on The Big Smoke. After discussing Adrian Matejka's poems, and persona poems specifically, attendees will write a poem from the perspective of a figure from history or pop culture.
Pink Watercolor Background with Rose Gold Lines
Clabber Girl
Community Locations
Wednesday, March 20 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Celebrate the women that are making history right here in the Wabash Valley. Rebecca Moore, the Community Prevention Specialist for Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CODA) and a victim advocate will be honored at this special event. Breakfast will be served.
Close Up of Football Helmet
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 15 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bradley Sage, Program Director of the Professional Athletic Training Program at IU will discuss ways to reconcile the increasingly negative effects with the positive aspects in regard to sports. Sylvester "Coach" Edwards, Terre Haute's NAACP President, athlete, coach, teacher, and community volunteer will discuss the changes we can make to create a positive outcome for our athletes, schools and spectators. Refreshments will be served.
NEA Big Read 2019: The Big Smoke Logo
VCPL Conference Room
Main Library
Thursday, March 28 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us for refreshments, conversation and a taste of the artistry in our community as awards are presented. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and People's Choice, as voted by library customers.
Poster: The Hurricane
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Main Library
Monday, March 4 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Denzel Washington is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a young black boxer who is set to become the world's greatest boxing champion until he is wrongly imprisoned for a triple murder. Carter is set to serve a lifetime in prison until help comes from an unlikely source. Rated R. Refreshments will be served.
Picnic Basket with Red Gingham Blanket Sticking Out of It
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
West Branch
Monday, March 25 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Grab a snack and explore free verse, rhymes, limericks, and haiku poems at this Big Read event for kids inspired by Adrian Matejka's book of poetry The Big Smoke. Write, share and read poetry at this drop-in event.
Photo of Adrian Matejka
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 1 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Adrian Matejka, our keynote speaker and author of The Big Smoke, will kick-off our 2019 Big Read program. Refreshments will be served.

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