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The Big Read 2012

Jack London's The Call of the Wild
Tales of Animals, Adventure and Survival

Come join The Big Read this year with The Call of the Wild by Jack London. We have lined up a host of events and activities for all ages to celebrate this classic book, its author and the themes of animals, adventure and survival. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Registration may be required for some events.

See a complete online Calendar of Events or The Big Read schedule in PDF.pdf

Special Events
paw Read-a-Thon - Kick off The Big Read at Valley Animal Center as The Call of the Wild is read aloud by local celebrities. March 15, 10 AM to 3 PM.  
paw Go Take a Hike - Two outdoor hiking adventures are available: Sierra Foothill Conservancy Open House (March 10, 9 AM to 4 PM) and San Joaquin River Parkway (April 1, 2 PM to 4 PM). See PDF for more information. pdf
paw The Greatest Story Jack London Ever Wrote - A dynamic portrayal of Jack London’s life by actor/scholar Michael Oakes. March 19, 7 PM. pdf
paw Live Theater: Call of the Wild - An original play by Terrance McArthur at the Sanctuary Stage Theater. Five shows in March. Free tickets available at your local Library.  
paw Wild About Animals - Activities and information from animal rescue and pet adoption organizations – as well as Ron the Python Man (registration required). April 14, 11 AM to 3 PM.  
paw Bus Tour to Jack London State Park – A visit to Jack London State Park in the fabled Valley of the Moon. April 15, 7:30 AM to 8 PM. Registration required. Cost: $30 per person. See PDF for more information. pdf
paw Jack London: Life and Politics - Jack London’s great-granddaughter, Tarnel Abbott speaks about his life and politics. April 16, 7 PM.  
paw Art Exhibition – a special The Call of the Wild book cover art exhibit by illustration students from California State University, Fresno. March 15-April 30.  
paw Daisies, Brownies and Girl Scouts Earn a badge for Call of the Wild, The Big Read. See PDF for more information. pdf

Other Big Read Events and Activities

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Service and Arts Midwest.

The Library also thanks these generous local sponsors for their support of The Big Read.

Valley Animal Center, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Henry Madden Library at CSUF, San Joaquin River Parkway, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Sanctuary Theater, Sisters in Crime, California Public Theater, Roxie Varadian Trust, Reedley College, Fresno Unified School District, Fresno County Schools, Jazz Fresno, Fresno County Federal Credit Union, KMPH FOX 26, Friends of the Fresno County Public Library.

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