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Enjoy Big Read activities this month in and out of the library

This month, the Garfield County libraries are excited to present an all-county event series, The Big Read, which centers around the book The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett. The Maltese Falcon features Sam Spade, an iconic private eye, whose new case involves murder, lies, greed and an extremely valuable statue of a falcon. You can join Spade as he tries to unravel the truth, by picking up a copy of the book at any of the Garfield County libraries, or on The Traveler, Ride Glenwood or RFTA buses.You can also participate in The Big Read through events at the libraries. All six libraries are now searching for the missing falcon in their communities. If you Find the Falcon at a business (in the towns from Carbondale to Parachute), report its location to the library right away to be eligible for the weekly drawing. Other events include book discussions at all the libraries and movie screenings in either Glenwood Springs or New Castle. The Thunder River Theatre Company will present a Literary Night on Dashiell Hammett in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.Youll also find an array of unique programs at each library. For instance, Rifle is sponsoring the play Death by Chocolate, to be presented March 20 and 21 at the CMC West Garfield Campus auditorium. The play is produced by DiVine Family Theatre and also features a Chocolate Friend-zy of delectable chocolate creations available for purchase before the play and at intermission. Another event is New Castles Noir Party at Pattis Main Street Coffee House March 17. For this event, you must utter the password (youll find it on your tickets) to get in the door, and you are welcome to dress in the manner of an old speakeasy.The most anticipated Big Read event is the Black & White Gala Saturday, March 21, at the Hotel Colorado. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a wonderful evening of dancing and conversation. The Gala features Wyomings own mystery and New York Times bestselling author, C.J. Box. The night will also include the music of the Walt Smith Trio and the winning entries from the Black & White Film Contest. The gala is sure to be a wonderful evening in which you may enjoy appetizers, a cash bar and jazz music and meet an amazing author. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for a couple, and can be purchased at any of the Garfield County libraries. The tickets are tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the Garfield County Public Library Foundation.For more information on these, or many other Big Read events, go to http://www.garfieldlibraries.org or stop by your local library for an Event Guide. We hope you join us as we celebrate The Big Read throughout Garfield County.The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.Emily Hisel is outreach coordinator for the Garfield County libraries.

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