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JUNE IS "THE BIG READ' MONTH AT THE DYER LIBRARY AND SACO MUSEUM

June is BIG at the Dyer Library and Saco Museum with tons of great events all inspired by Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" as part of "The Big Read." The Big Read is a program funded through the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, which gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate a single great work of literature. Collectively, the Saco community will read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and enjoy programming around the book's plot throughout the month of June. Free copies of Mark Twain's classic will be available at the Dyer Library Circulation Desk starting on May 16, 2011.

The Dyer Library and Saco Museum will host a variety of events to celebrate the novel. Book discussions will be held at varying locations around the Saco community like the Saco Transportation Center, the Dyer Library, and North Dam Mill, readers are encouraged to get together and
discuss the story. Events will also take place around the Saco-Biddeford area, including a tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a cardboard boat race at Rotary Park in Biddeford, and a tour of Wood Island Light in Biddeford
Pool. As part of The Big Read, one of the period rooms on the Saco Museum's second floor will be completely re-done to look like a child's playroom of the 1850s. These programs will focus on a different aspect of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and 19th century history.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Poetry Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company. For more information about The Big Read please
visit www.neabigread.org.

HAPPY CAMP OF THE FREEBOOTERS: Children's Day Kickoff for THE BIG READ
The Big Read will kick off with performers dressed as Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, children's games from Tom's
era, and the grand opening of Saco Museum's new exhibit: a child's playroom from the nineteenth century. Dress in your Tom Sawyer-era best, paint your name on the famous fence, and join us for all the fun!
Dyer Library and Saco Museum
Saturday, June 4,10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion at Dyer Library
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.great work of literature.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Monday, June 6, 10 a.m.

SHOWING OFF IN SUNDAY SCHOOL: A Tom Sawyer Film Festival
Join us three Tuesday evenings in June to see three iconic film interpretations of Mark Twain's classic. This Tuesday: "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938), directed by Norman Taurog and starring Jackie Moran as Huck Finn and Walter Brennan as Muff Potter.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.

SWEETSER SERIES LECTURE: "The Glorious Whitewasher," a Performance of Mark Twain by Richard Clark
The Sweetser Series invites you to meet Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain), the man who breathed life into Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn, as portrayed by Richard Clark. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in
advance at the Dyer Library or at the door the evening of the performance. Income benefits the Provident Association of Saco.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m.

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion at Dyer Library
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Thursday, June 9, noon

SEEKING THE BURIED TREASURE: Scavenger Hunt
Maybe you'll find a sack of gold coins just like Tom and Huck did! Come and join us for a community-wide scavenger hunt along Main Street.
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (meet at the Dyer Library)

"RESPECTABLE HUCK JOINS THE GANG": Presentation by Mark Twain scholar Craig Hotchkiss
Craig Hotchkiss, Education and Program Manager at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, will give a slide presentation about Mark Twain's growth as an author between his two masterpieces of American boyhood: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876) and "The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn"(1885).
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Monday, June 13, 2 p.m.

"ELOQUENCE AND THE MASTER'S GILDED DOME": A Panel Discussion
In this panel discussion with Paula Harrington of Colby College (Waterville, Maine) and Craig Hotchkiss of the Twain House museum (Hartford, Connecticut), we'll Mark Twain's impact on the development of a unique style of American literature.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Monday, June 13, 6 p.m.

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion at Saco Transportation Center
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.
Saco Transportation Center, 130 Main Street, Saco
Tuesday, June 14, 2 p.m.

SHOWING OFF IN SUNDAY SCHOOL: A Tom Sawyer Film Festiva
Join us three Tuesday evenings in June to see three iconic film interpretations of Mark Twain's classic. This Tuesday: "Tom Sawyer" (1973), starring Johnny Whittaker as Tom and a young Jodie Foster as Becky Thatcher, with music by the Sherman Brothers.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion at Dyer Library
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m.

TRAGEDY IN THE GRAVEYARD: Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery
Tom and Huck had their graveyard adventure; now it's your turn! Saco Bay Trails will lead a tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery and maybe tell a ghost story or two.
Meet at the Rotunda at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Friday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.

THE PIRATE CREW SET SAIL: The Shipwrecks of Wood Island
Did you ever want to be a pirate, just like Tom and Huck? Here's your chance: dress up in your best pirate gear and come on a FREE boat ride to Wood Island light, where you'll learn all about shipwrecks and tragedies at sea. All ages welcome. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for
this event: please call 283-3861, ext. 115. Tour departs from Vines Landing at Biddeford Pool:
http://www.woodislandlighthouse.org/xTour Schedule/Directions/index.html
Saturday, June 18, boats depart at noon and 12:45 p.m.
*Rain date: Sunday, June 19*.

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.
Location to be announced
Tuesday, June 21, 2 p.m.

SHOWING OFF IN SUNDAY SCHOOL: A Tom Sawyer Film Festival
Join us three Tuesday evenings in June to see three iconic film interpretations of Mark Twain's classic. This Tuesday: "Tom and Huck" (1995), a Disney production featuring Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Tom and Rachel Leigh Cook as Becky Thatcher.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.

THE CAT AND THE PAINKILLER: 19th-Century Folk Cures
Poor Aunt Polly's cat---would the same thing have happened to you if Tom gave you some patent medicine? Find out in this program presented by Dyer Library Executive Director Leslie Rounds and Program and Education Manager Camille Smalley.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m.

A PIRATE BOLD TO BE: The Great Cardboard Boat Race
Tom made a raft out of logs, and you can make a canoe out of cardboard! Paddle your home-made cardboard boat from the Rotary Park Boat Ramp to the beach---without sinking. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: you must pre-register and pick up the list of RULES at the Dyer Library by June
17. For more information, call 283-3861, ext. 115. For all ages.
Rotary Park, Biddeford
Saturday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion at North Dam Mill
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.
North Dam Mill, 2 Main Street, Biddeford
Tuesday, June 28, noon

BUSY AT LOVE AND WAR: Book Discussion at Dyer Library
Join the staff of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum at any several lively book discussion groups to talk about Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This vivid depiction of childhood in the mid-19th-century is a
timeless classic of American literature.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Thursday, June 30, 10 a.m.

"CONSCIENCE WRACKS TOM": Closing Event for The Big Read
It's been a whole month of Tom Sawyer fun! Help us wrap things up by playing some 19th-century children's games, enjoying ice cream sundaes, and whitewashing that doggone fence.
Dyer Library
Thursday, June 30, 5:30 p.m.