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    NEA BIG READ IN THE ST. CROIX VALLEY

    Birds: An Exhibition of Avian in Acrylic

    Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater

    March 1 - April 30, 2017

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    The Stillwater Public Library Gallery will host a sampling of Tim Nyberg’s bird paintings in March and April 2017. The exhibition will feature both Tim’s trademark whimsical creations and more serious bird paintings incorporated into abstracts and Seuss-like vegetation. The paintings span over 15 years of Nyberg’s transition from commercial artist to fine (he prefers “fun”) artist. 

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    “Know My Story” Big Read Exhibition

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater

    March 30 - May 13, 2017

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    The public is invited to an exhibition of work created by inmates in the fine arts and creative writing programs at Stillwater Correctional Facility. “Know My Story” touches on themes that are...more

    Artist Reception for Birds: An Exhibition of Avian in Acrylic

    Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater

    March 30, 2017

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    The Stillwater Public Library Gallery will host a sampling of Tim Nyberg’s bird paintings in March and April 2017. The exhibition will feature both Tim’s trademark whimsical creations and more...more

    Escape the Library

    Presented by Bayport Public Library at Bayport Public Library, Bayport

    April 1, 2017

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    Do you have what it takes to match wits with Sam Spade? Test your detecting skills in this escape room program. Work in a small team to solve the clues and find the Maltese Falcon before...more

    NEA Big Read Kick-off and Opening Reception for “Know My Story”

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater

    April 2, 2017

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    The public is invited to the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley Kick-off and “Know My Story” Exhibition Opening. In addition to the work on display as part of “Know My Story,” an...more

    Sculptures on Tour…at the Stillwater Public Library

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix and Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater

    April 3 - April 9, 2017

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    Find the Falcons! See how local artists interpreted of The Maltese Falcon. The traveling installation will include work by Barbara Riegel Bend (textiles), Alan Honn (glass) and James Shoop...more

    “The Maltese Falcon” Film Screening and Book Discussion at Bayport Library

    Presented by Bayport Public Library at Bayport Public Library, Bayport

    April 6, 2017

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    Discuss your reading of The Maltese Falcon and then join us for a screening of the 1941 noir classic.  Free popcorn and lemonade.


    The Real Inspector Hound

    Presented by St. Croix Festival Theatre and ArtReach St. Croix at Franklin Square Blackbox, St. Croix Falls

    April 8 - April 30, 2017

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    Don’t miss this comedic homage to the mystery genre, in which a theatre critic gets swept into the action of a play, while endeavoring to answer that constant, nagging question:...more

    Sculptures on Tour…at the Friday Memorial Library

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix and Friday Memorial Library at Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond

    April 10 - April 15, 2017

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    Find the Falcons! See how local artists interpreted of The Maltese Falcon. The traveling installation will include work by Barbara Riegel Bend (textiles), Alan Honn (glass) and James Shoop...more

    "The Maltese Falcon" Book Discussion at The Velveteen Speakeasy

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix

    April 11, 2017

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    Join your neighbors for a discussion of Dashiell Hammett's classic crime novel "The Maltese Falcon” at Stillwater’s new Speakeasy. 


    “The Real Inspector Hound” Theatre Tour at River Falls

    Presented by St. Croix Festival Theatre at River Falls Library, River Falls

    April 13, 2017

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    Join the Festival Theatre cast of “The Real Inspector Hound” for a vignette performance.

    Hosted by the River Falls Public Library.


    Great Seniors Book Club – Discussion of “The Maltese Falcon”

    Presented by Amery Area Public Library

    April 17, 2017

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    Join your neighbors for a discussion of Dashiell Hammett's classic crime novel "The Maltese Falcon."


    Sculptures on Tour…at the St. Croix Falls Library

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix and Friday Memorial Library at St. Croix Falls Public Library, Saint Croix Falls

    April 17 - April 22, 2017

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    Find the Falcons! See how local artists interpreted of The Maltese Falcon. The traveling installation will include work by Barbara Riegel Bend (textiles), Alan Honn (glass) and James Shoop...more

    Friends Book Discussion of “The Maltese Falcon” at Amery Area Public Library

    Presented by Amery Area Public Library at Amery Area Public Library, Amery

    April 17, 2017

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    Join the Friends of the Amery Library for a discussion of Dashiell Hammett's classic crime novel "The Maltese Falcon."


    “The Maltese Falcon” Book Discussion at Brookside Bar & Grill

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix at Brookside Bar & Grill, Marine on Saint Croix

    April 18, 2017

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    The board of ArtReach St. Croix will host a discussion of Dashiell Hammett’s noir classic “The Maltese Falcon.” All are welcome to join.


    Bookmarks Book Club: “The Maltese Falcon”

    at Hudson Area Library, Hudson

    April 19, 2017

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    Join the Bookmarks Book Club for their discussion of Dashiell Hammett's classic crime novel "The Maltese Falcon."

    In this book club, members read both fiction and non-fiction on a variety...more

    On the Maltese Falcon with Larry Harred

    Presented by River Falls Public Library at River Falls Library, River Falls

    April 19, 2017

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    The Maltese Falcon is generally considered Dashiell Hammett's finest work. It originally appeared as a serial in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was published in book form the next year. The...more

    Club Book with Julie Rivett

    Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater

    April 20, 2017

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    Stillwater Public Library, in partnership with ArtReach St. Croix and the National Endowment for the Arts, is bringing NEA Big Read to Stillwater in April 2017. The featured title is a perennial...more

    "The Maltese Falcon" Film Screening and Book Discussion

    Presented by St. Croix Falls Public Library at St. Croix Falls Public Library, Saint Croix Falls

    April 21, 2017

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    See the film: Join you neighbors for a screening of the 1941 noir classic “The Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor and then discuss the film, the book and the birth of...more

    “The Real Inspector Hound” Theatre Tour at Bayport

    Presented by St. Croix Festival Theatre at Bayport Public Library, Bayport

    April 22, 2017

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    Join the Festival Theatre cast of “The Real Inspector Hound” for a vignette performance.

    Hosted by the Bayport Public Library and ArtReach St. Croix as part of the NEA Big Read in the...more

    Sculptures on Tour…at the Pleasant Hill Library

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix and Friday Memorial Library at Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings

    April 24 - April 30, 2017

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    Find the Falcons! See how local artists interpreted of The Maltese Falcon. The traveling installation will include work by Barbara Riegel Bend (textiles), Alan Honn (glass) and James Shoop...more

    Totally Criminal Cocktail Party

    Presented by ArtReach St. Croix at The Caves of Casanova, Hudson

    April 27, 2017

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    Step back in time with ArtReach St. Croix at the Totally Criminal Cocktail Party in the Hudson Caves!

    Dames and fellas alike can take in the sounds of the St. Croix Valley Jazz Ensemble...more

    "The Maltese Falcon" (Live Radio Drama)

    Presented by River Falls Public Library and River Falls Community Arts Base at River Falls Library, River Falls

    April 29 - May 7, 2017

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    Re-live the golden age of radio with a dramatic radio reading of “The Maltese Falcon.” The original script was broadcast live in 1943 as part of the Lux Radio Theatre. This recreation is...more

    Author Talk with Erika Janik, “Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction”

    Presented by River Falls Public Library at River Falls Library, River Falls

    May 15, 2017

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    Join us in welcoming Erika Janik, author of “Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction,” to the River Falls Public Library. An American Sign Language interpreter...more

    A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The St. Croix Valley is one of 77 communities nationwide participating in the NEA Big Read from September 2016-June 2017.

    NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a one book, one community program presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, River Falls Public Library, St. Croix Festival Theatre and library branches located in St. Croix Valley communities between St. Croix Falls, WI and Hastings, MN.

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