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A call to read

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 07:25 AM

ASHLAND -- Some folks in the Tri-State will be reading the classic Jack London novel "The Call of the Wild" during The Big Read.

The Big Read offers multiple events that encourage the reading of a single book. The events kick off with a "Call of the Wild" Visual Art Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Greenup County Extension Office, 300 W, Main St. No. 121, Grayson, Ky. Those attending the workshop will use charcoal to create a portrait of one of the dogs from Jack London's book.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.

For additional information on Big Read events, call Melanie Cornelison at the Paramount Arts Center at 606-324-3175, Ext. 311.

Here is a list of other events:

"The Call of The Wild" Big Read Kick-off event: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Kyova Mall, 10699 U.S. 60, Ashland. Exhibitors include the local humane society, veterinarians, pet stores and all Big Read partners. Events include a trivia contest, giveaways, pet photos and a pet parade.

Novel Tea Book Club: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Main Branch of the Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland. Book club will discuss "The Call of the Wild."

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland. Dr. Jeanne Campbell Reesman will discuss "The Call of the Wild" as a slave narrative. Teachers will receive lesson plans, readers' guides and a classroom set of the novel "The Call of the Wild." Reesman has written is a professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has written five books on Jack London.

Main Book Club: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Main Branch of the Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland. The book club discusses "The Call of the Wild."

Jeanne Reesman gives a keynote presentation about "Jack London: Photographer": 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Ohio University Southern, Bowman Auditorium, Ironton. Reesman is the director of the Ph.D. in English program and professor of English at the University of San Antonio. Her biography, "Jack London's Racial Lives," is a full study of the role of race in his life and writings. She is also the author of "Jack London: A Study of the Short Fiction" and "Jack London." Reesman is also the author of the reference book "Companion to Jack London."

Read-Aloud and Book Discussion: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 28, March 7, March 14 and March 21, at the Main Branch of the Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland.Local celebrities and community members read aloud sections from Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" and participate in a book discussion.

Write Like London: Keeping it Wild: Friday, March 1, at Ohio University Literature Club, Ohio University Southern, Ironton. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will have the opportunity to write a three to five page scene in which an animal character must work his or her way out of a trickysituation through the use of wit, strength and instinct.

Call of the Wild Kids Adventure Craft: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Main Branch of the Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland. Pre-school and younger readers will participate in a free afternoon of crafts and fun adventures.

Creative Movement Workshop: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Ashland Regional Dance Studio, 3502 Winchester Ave., Ashland. Using prompts from "The Call of The Wild" and other Jack London stories, Ashland Regional Dance Studio will present a free creative movement workshop. Students must pre-register.

"The Call of the Wild: The Life of Jack London": 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland. Live Oakes Education Theater presents an interactive Chautauqua living history portrayal of London.

Book Club: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Catlettsburg Branch of the Boyd County Library, 2704 Louisa St. Catlettsburg, Ky. The book club will be discussing "The Call of the Wild."

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