Big Read 2020 – Events

This is a list of Big Read events planned by various community organizations. All dates and times are subject to change. For more information about Big Read programs, visit  the Museum’s website.

April 28
Brown Bag Lunch: The Autobiographical Tradition in Comics and Graphic Novels
Dr. Mark C. Rogers from Walsh University presented “The Autobiographical Tradition in Comics and Graphic Novels” during the April 28 virtual Brown Bag Lunch. This Brown Bag Lunch is still available to view on MassMu’s YouTube page.

May 2
Do the Mu: Family Trees, Family Portraits, and Self-Portraits
Instructor Gary Spangler provided instructions and a supplies list for participants to create their own family trees, family portraits, and self-portraits. Instructions for this Do the Mu can be found online.

July 11
1:00pm-3:00pm
Big Read Kickoff
Massillon Museum Lawn
121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
The Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be out on First Street and Library and Museum staff will distribute free copies of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? on the lawn in front of the Museum! Bookmarks featuring Big Read programming information and literature from Big Read partners will also be available for pickup.

July 11 – August 13
Stark Parks Mindfulness Walk
Petros Lake Park
3519 Perry Dr. SW, Canton 44706
The free Mindfulness Walk is open when the park is open, from sunrise to sunset. This project recently received the Governor’s Award at the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference. Learn more at starkparks.com.

July 11 – August 13
In My Own Words and Drawings: Graphic Novels as Autobiographies Wall Display
Walsh University Farrell Hall Hallway
2020 E Maple St, North Canton, OH 44720
This wall display in the hallway of Farrell Hall at Walsh University will highlight graphic novels that are autobiographies and the power that can be found in telling one’s story in both words and drawings. This is a wall display only. For more information, contact Walsh University at 330-490-7090

July 12, July 26, August 9
2:30pm-3:15pm
Family Yoga
MassMu’s YouTube
Join Kat Francis for an intergenerational Vinyasa yoga session. This is a beginner-friendly class. Cost is $5 total for access to 3 pre-recorded videos. One posted on July 12, one on July 26, and one on August 9. Call 330-833-4061 x104 to register.

July 13, July 20, July 27
5:00pm-5:30pm
Cartooning with Jerry King
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Students going into Grades 7-12 are invited to learn about drawing and the industry and careers surrounding comics and cartoons. Professional illustrator Jerry King (a former Disney cartoonist!) will host a 30-minute Zoom Meeting on each of the above dates. One registration covers all three meeting times. All participants will receive a sketchpad and gel pens to keep. And, King’s drawings will also be given away to participants after the sessions end. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 1 and closes at 11:59pm on July 11. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

July 14
6:30pm
Big Read Tuesday: Poetry with Keith Allison
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Join us as we learn about the art of poetry with local published poet and essayist, Keith Allison. Allison will discuss his works and his process. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 1 and closes at 11:59pm on July 12. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

July 16
10:00am
Book Discussion: Accessibility and Aging
Massillon Museum – Zoom
Join discussion leader David Harding for a book discussion about accessibility, aging, and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? To register, call 330-833-4061 x104.

July 18
10:30am-12:30pm
Family Stories Through Art
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Tell your family’s story through art! Join us for a special workshop presented by Sharon Santillo, a certified artist and educator from the University of New Hampshire. Santillo will teach her workshop, Family Stories Through Art, where participants develop their stories together using paint, paper, and collage before writing. The program, funded by ArtsinStark, will give participants watercolor paints, brushes, crayons, pencils, specialized glue sticks, and scissors to keep. Participants’ family stories written in prose or poetry will complete these genealogical works of art. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 1 and closes at 11:59pm on July 16. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

July 19, July 26, August 2
2:30pm-4:30pm
Boxed Out: An Autobiographical Comic Workshop
Massillon Museum Classroom
(Note: This workshop may transition to a virtual format if deemed necessary)
121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Everyone has a story worth telling. In this 3-week workshop, artist and educator Alex Strader will guide students as they work together to develop their own unique ways of creating autobiographical comics. Exploring traditional Sunday comic strips to abstract sequential imagery, students will leave with an understanding of how to tell their visual stories for print, the web, or personal reflection. Recommended age 15 & up. This workshop is $38 ($35 for MassMu members) and includes all supplies. Please call 330-833-4061 x104 to register.

July 21
6:30pm
Caregiver Forum
This program has been canceled.
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Are you caring for an aging parent, or are you worried about what you might face as that stage of life approaches? Learn from experts and share stories and concerns with attorney and Faith in Action Executive Director Angela Tucker-Cooper and financial planner Marshall Weinberg. They will share important information you need to know in dealing with legal and financial matters. The discussion will be moderated by Bob Sanderson, retired President of the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce. Bring your questions and advice, laughter and tears, to share with others, or just listen and know you are not alone. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 11 and closes at 11:59pm on July 17. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Sherie Brown at 330-832-9831 x314

July 23, July 30, August 6
11:00am
What Wise Women Know (and the Rest of Us Want to Find Out!)
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Getting older doesn’t guarantee we’ll grow wiser; it takes a conscious effort. Guest presenter Gloria Miller, a former local educator and presenter at the Chautauqua Institution, will host three 45-minute interactive Zoom sessions discussing “What Wise Women Know” and help participants to learn the qualities women “of a certain age”—or anyone—can nurture to become “Wise Women.” One registration covers all three meeting times. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 11 and closes at 11:59pm on July 21. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

July 25
12:00pm-3:00pm
Workshop: The Unique, Limitless, & Extraordinary World of Zines
Massillon Museum – Zoom (Combination of Pre-Recorded and Live Workshop)
Instructor Lindsey Bryan will introduce the concept of handmade bookmaking as a means to self publish artwork and ideas. She will instruct the class on three different ways of bookmaking (folded, stapled, and sewn), and leave each student to make their own content however they like in their handmade books. Registrants will receive videos and PDFs prior to the workshop, and will then participate in a live session with the instructor during which they will learn about zines, she will show them examples, and she will answer any questions they may have. Recommended age 8 & up. $18 ($15 for MassMu members) includes all supplies. Call 330-833-4061 x104 to register.

July 28
10:30am
Outdoor Book Discussion
Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County
Hosted at Canton Garden Center
1615 Stadium Park Dr NW, Canton, OH 44718
Bring a chair! Light refreshments will be provided. It is free to participate, but registration is required to ensure social distancing. Please call 330-833-4061 x104 to register. There is parking available. Rain date TBA.

July 28
6:30pm
Poetry Read-In for Young and Old
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
The Massillon Public Library invites all local poetry lovers to a virtual Poetry Read-In! Registered participants will log on to Zoom with their own original poems, share the works of a favorite poet, or just listen in. Each reader’s poems must be family-friendly and limited to five minutes. Featured readers will include: winners of the library’s 2020 Poetry Competition, poetry contest judge Duane Matthew Dodson, local authors, local historian Margy Vogt, Children’s Librarian Laura Klein, and more! Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 11 and closes at 11:59pm on July 25. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

July 31
7:00pm
Play Reading: The Reluctant Caregiver
Streamed Live on MassMu’s Facebook and YouTube pages
Local actors will present a virtual reading of Merri Biechler’s Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver. Directed by Brayden Frascone. The reading will be live streamed from MassMu’s Gessner Hall.

August 1
12:00pm
Do the Mu: Pop-Up Cards
MassMu’s Facebook and YouTube pages
Learn how to make pop-up cards with instructor Diane Boslett! This event is currently scheduled to take place virtually, but the format is subject to change. Visit the Museum’s website for updates.

August 4
6:30pm
Big Read Tuesday: Writing Styles – Are You a “Pantster?”
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Do you fly by the seat of your pants or do you love organization? Stream-of-consciousness or completely outlined? Local author Deborah Edmisten will host a Zoom session that will encourage aspiring writers to explore their personal writing process. She will address methods of organizing yourself as you get down to the nitty-gritty of writing on a regular basis. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 17 and closes at 11:59pm on August 2. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

August 6
6:00pm
Book Discussion
Perry Sippo Library – Zoom
Join the Perry Sippo Library for a virtual book discussion about Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Registration is required by contacting Perry Sippo Library at 330-477-8482 or perry@starklibrary.org.

August 7
1:00pm
Financial Planning Discussion
Presented by the United Way of Greater Stark County Financial Prosperity Center
Be a part of this virtual discussion as we dissect navigating finances for parents in their final years. We’ll answer your questions, and offer some practical tips to make your journey a little easier than the one Roz Chast humorously paints in her 2014 graphic novel. To register for this free virtual panel discussion, or for more information, please contact Tyron Hoisten at 330-491-0445 x434. Feel free to send questions in advance!

August 7
6:00-9:00
Canton First Friday
Downtown Canton Arts District
Join MassMu at First Friday, hosted by ArtsinStark in the Canton Arts District! Learn more at downtowncanton.com.

August 11
6:30pm
Big Read Tuesday: Humorous Writing with Don Ake
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Join us for an entertaining Zoom session with local humor author, Don Ake. Learn about the secrets of writing humorous stories and essays and about his process and published works. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 24 and closes at 11:59pm on August 9. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

August 12
6:30pm
Self-Publishing with Faryl and S.T. Hoover
Massillon Public Library – Zoom
Interested in self-publishing your work, but don’t know where to begin? During this Zoom session, local authors Faryl and S.T. Hoover will speak about the ins and outs of self-publishing. Registration is required and begins at 8:00am on July 27 and closes at 11:59pm on August 10. For more information or to register for this free program, contact Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 x319.

August 13
7:00pm*
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: An Evening with New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Roz Chast
Massillon Museum Website and Social Media
MCTV
Cartoonist and author Roz Chast will give the NEA Big Read keynote address on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 7:00pm. Chast’s address will be the highlight of programming for MassMu’s thirteenth-annual Big Read. This year’s book selection is Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (2014).
This event will be pre-recorded and will air on MCTV and MassMu’s social media pages. This event is co-sponsored by Danbury in Massillon.
*Note: The time of the airing is subject to change.

August 18
12:00pm
Book Discussion
ATI-OSU Wooster Library – Zoom

 

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