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Books: Talk of the town

Reading is encouraged

By Brenda Bernet

If you hear colleagues talking about Will Tweedy and Love Simpson, don't worry that you missed the latest reality TV show.

It's more likely that they have started reading the novel "Cold Sassy Tree" for the communitywide reading project, Amarillo Reads. The project involves the city of Amarillo, Amarillo Public Libraries, Hastings and partners of Celebrate Education.

The program is open to people of all ages.

"Reading is a pleasure," said Stacy Yates, a spokeswoman for the library. "Reading exercises your mind."

When adults read, they let children know that reading is important, she said.

A kickoff event begins at 11:45 a.m. today at the Amarillo Central Library, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. The event will include remarks by Mayor Debra McCartt and performances from "Cold Sassy Tree" by the Amarillo Opera.

More events will allow readers to discuss the novel.

A book talk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hastings, 2020 S. Georgia St.

A lunchtime book club begins at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Amarillo Central Library.

The first meeting will feature Loralee Cooley of Canadian who knew Olive Ann Burns, the late author of "Cold Sassy Tree." Those interested should contact Yates at (806) 378-3051.

Other events include a presentation on "History through Hats" at 2:30 p.m. April 13 at the Amarillo East Library and a discussion of spirituals as historical records at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Amarillo North Library.

The Amarillo Opera will perform "Cold Sassy Tree" at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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