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The Big Read
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Spring 2015

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Big Read

 

The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien

The Things They Carried book coverTim O'Brien's semi-autobiographical "work of fiction" about a platoon of young American soldiers during the Vietnam War has captivated readers for decades. Full of honesty and reflection, O'Brien follows the journey of the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim O'Brien.

During the months of May and June, Maryland Public Television will partner with Baltimore County Public Libraries and Frederick County Public Libraries in a Big Read celebration of Tim O' Brien's moving novel and the Vietnam veterans. Join us for a series of free public events and activities based in Baltimore and Frederick Counties.

For more information, please contact: outreach@mpt.org, or 410-581-4095.

For more information on The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien, please visit: http://neabigread.org/books/thethingstheycarried/

Maryland Public Television is currently gearing up for MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans (MSVV), a comprehensive statewide initiative by MPT that will recognize Maryland Vietnam veterans through a series of activities: the MSVV Task Force, Maryland Vietnam War Stories documentary, LZ Pimlico tribute celebration and educational outreach.

For more information, please visit: http://vietnam.mpt.org/home/

Pick up your FREE copy of Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" at the events hosted throughout the months of May and June.

Baltimore County Events

The Big Kickoff: Randallstown

Randallstown Public Library, 8604 Liberty Rd, Randallstown, MD 21133
Saturday, May 16th at 12 pm to 3 pm

Let's get ready to celebrate The Big Read with the staff of Maryland Public Television. Stop by the Randallstown Public Library to find out what programs are being offered by Maryland Public Television, Baltimore County Public Libraries and Frederick Public Libraries and on Tim O'Brien's They Things They Carried and MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans.

The Big Kickoff: Owings Mills

Owings Mills Public Library, 10302 Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Sunday, May 17th at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Make sure to stop by the Owings Mills Public Library as we celebrate The Big Read! Come to find out what programs are being offered by Maryland Public Television, Baltimore County Public Libraries and Frederick Public Libraries on Tim O'Brien's They Things They Carried and MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans.

MPT Reads Online (Digital Book Club)

Online, https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/57h8r
Tuesdays at 12:30 pm, May 19th, May 26th and June 2nd

Join Maryland Public Television during a fun lunch time break as we discuss the central themes found in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried". It doesn't matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection! We hope you join us during our three sessions.

MPT Reads (Community Book Club)

Maryland Public Television (Conference Room 200), 11767 Owings Mills Blvd, Owings Mills MD 21117
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, May 20th, May 27th, June 3rd, June 10th and June 17th

Join Maryland Public Television as we host a weekly community book club. We will cover Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried". Our meetings will start Wednesday May 20th at 6:30 PM and will continue every Wednesday at that time until we finish the book on June 17th.

Randallstown Public Library Book Discussion

Randallstown Public Library, 8604 Liberty Rd, Randallstown, MD 21133
Thursday, May 28th at 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

The Randallstown branch of the Baltimore County Public Library is participating in The Big Read 2015 by holding a discussion group on Tim O' Brien's novel, The Things They Carried.

Owings Mills Public Library Book Discussion

Owings Mills Public Library, 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm

The Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library is participating in The Big Read 2015 by holding a discussion group on Tim O' Brien's novel, The Things They Carried.

Maryland Vietnam War Stories

Maryland Public Television, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 21117
Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30 pm

Join the Outreach staff of Maryland Public Television as we preview the upcoming documentary "Maryland Vietnam War Stories".

The Things They Wrote

Maryland Public Television, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 21117
Saturday June 27th at 2:00 PM

The event will take topics brought the book, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O' Brien and relate them to lessons on morals and empathy. Letters (Older participants) and drawings (Younger participants) to be prepared to send off to members of the military. Books will be available to the parents of the attendees and high school aged attendees.

Frederick County Events

Friends of the Urbana Regional Library (FURL) Book Club

Community Room 9020, Amelung Street, Urbana, MD 21704
Wednesday, May 20th at 6:45 pm

In celebration of The Big Read, join the discussion of "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.

Brunswick Book Group Discussion

Brunswick Branch Library, 915 North Maple Avenue, Brunswick, MD 21716
Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 pm

In celebration of The Big Read, join the discussion of "The Things They Carried" by Tim O' Brien.

Book Talk: "The Things They Carried"

Curious Iguana, 12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Sunday May 31st at 4:00 pm

Join Frederick County author Bruce R. Gourley for a discussion of 'The Things They Carried' by Tim O'Brien.

Off the Shelf Book Club Meeting

76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Monday, Jun 8, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The 'Off the Shelf Book Club' is participating in The Big Read 2015 and will be discussing 'The Things They Carried' (1990), a book considered one of the best about the Vietnam War. Far from a combat story of pride and glory, it is a compassionate tale of the American soldier, brimming with raw honesty and thoughtful reflection. Anyone is welcome to join this book club hosted by the Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library.

What They Remembered, What We Should Understand

C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701
Sunday, June 14th at 1:00 pm

Panel discussion with Vietnam Veterans and others affected by the conflict. In partnership with the Frederick chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Maryland Public Television's traveling exhibit will visit Frederick County Public Library.

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