Wow! So much to do!

Here’s what is going on this week!

March 22 @ 2PM Saturday Book Discussion (teens only) Concord Library
March 22 @ 2PM Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Kannapolis Library
March 22 @ 2PM Saturday Stamping Concord Library
March 22 @ 1PM Saturday Exploring Blogging Albemarle Library
March 22 @ 10:30AM Saturday Hidden Messages Photowalk Headquarters, Rowan Public Library
March 24 @ 5PM Monday Book Discussion Harrisburg Library
March 24 @ 5:30PM Monday Mr. Penumbra’s Missing Book Scavenger Hunt – Library Geo-Caching East Branch, Rowan Public Library
March 25 @ 3PM Tuesday Book Discussion GA Pfeiffer Library, Pfeiffer University
March 25 @ 6PM Tuesday Book Discussion Mt Pleasant Library
March 25 @ 6:30M Tuesday Book Discussion South Rowan Regional Library
March 25 @ 11:30AM Tuesday Book Discussion Mt Pleasant Library
March 25 @ 5:30PM Tuesday Mr. Penumbra’s Missing Book Scavenger Hunt – Library Geo-Caching Headquarters, Rowan Public Library
March 25 @ 6:30PM Tuesday Book Discussion Perfect Blend Coffee, Lexington
March 27 @ 6PM Thursday Clue Detective Denton Public Library
March 27 @ 12:30PM Thursday Book Discussion Headquarters, Rowan Public Library
March 27 @ 5:30PM Thursday Stamping Kannapolis Library
March 29 @ 10AM Saturday Altered Books South Rowan Regional Library
March 29 @ 2PM Saturday Minecraft Concord Library
March 29 @ 10AM Saturday Stamping South Rowan Regional Library
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Take advantage of the spring-time weather!

It looks like we’ll have some actual spring-time weather on Saturday!  Grab your camera, go outside and start taking pictures – it’s time to enter the photo contest!  Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in each county.

Submit up to two photos related to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and the themes brought out in the book such as the juxtaposition of new and old technology, the quest for immortality, and hidden messages.

More information, complete rules and entry instructions can be found here.

The deadline for entry is April 9th.

 

Wow! Look at all of the programs and events coming up this week!

March 15 @ 10AM Saturday Puzzlemania Thomasville Public Library
March 15 @ 6:30PM Saturday Quest for the Code Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
March 17 @ 7PM Monday LEGO Contest GA Pfeiffer Library, Pfeiffer University
March 18 @ 1PM Tuesday Exploring Blogging East Branch, Rowan Public Library
March 18 @ 5:30PM Tuesday Book Discussion Kannapolis Library
March 18 @ 5:30PM Tuesday Altered Books Mt Pleasant Library
March 18 @ 5:30PM Tuesday Mr. Penumbra’s Missing Book Scavenger Hunt – Library Geo-Caching South Rowan Regional Library
March 18 @ 6:30PM Tuesday Book Discussion East Branch, Rowan Public Library
March 19 @ 5PM Wednesday Altered Books Harrisburg Library
March 19 @ 4PM Wednesday LEGO Contest North Davidson Library
March 20 @ 6PM Thursday Secret Societies Albemarle Library
March 20 @ 4PM Thursday LEGO Mania South Rowan Regional Library
March 20 @ 9:30AM Thursday Exploring Blogging Headquarters, Rowan Public Library
March 20 @ 4:30PM Thursday Wikipedia & Crowdsourcing Kannapolis Library

Contests!

IT’S TIME!  Time to submit your entries for our three contests!
Shelf Room Contest:  Drop them of at a public library by Saturday, March 15.
Hidden Picture Contest:  Drop entries off at a public library by March 28th.
For all contest rules and entry forms see:  https://411communityread.wordpress.com/contests/

Lots of great stuff to do this week!

There are a lot more opportunities to participate this week!

March 10 @ 5PM Monday Exploring Blogging Harrisburg Library
March 11 @ 6PM Tuesday Book Discussion Kannapolis Library
March 11 @ 3PM Tuesday Altered Books GA Pfeiffer Library, Pfeiffer University
March 11 @ 9:30AM Tuesday Mystery Hunt & Tour Concord Parks & Rec
March 12 @ 3PM Wednesday Minecraft Kannapolis Library
March 12 @ 10:30AM Wednesday Book Discussion Concord Library
March 13 @ 6PM Thursday Book Discussion Kannapolis Middle School
March 13 @ 6PM Thursday Book Discussion Albemarle Library
March 15 @ 10AM Saturday Puzzlemania Thomasville Public Library
March 15 @ 6:30PM Saturday Quest for the Code Cabarrus Arena and Events Center

Read it. Seek it. Discover it.

Read it.  Seek it.  Discover it.

We are in full swing!

It’s time to participate!  Upcoming events for the next few days include:

March 6 @ 11AM Thursday Book Discussion RCCC, NCRC
March 6 @ 8:30AM Thursday Book Store Tour Village Park, Kannapolis
March 6 @ 5:30PM Thursday Altered Books Kannapolis Library
March 8 @ 2PM Saturday Altered Books Concord Library
March 8 @ 10AM Saturday Movie Day Albemarle Library
March 8 @ NOON Saturday Mr. Penumbra’s Missing Book Scavenger Hunt – Library Geo-Caching Lexington Public Library
March 10 @ 5PM Monday Exploring Blogging Harrisburg Library

Four counties bond in ‘Mr. Penumbra’s’ secret society

Four counties bond in ‘Mr. Penumbra’s’ secret society
2014 Community Read invites readers to engage in activities inspired by the novel

CONCORD, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 — Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan and Stanly county residents are bonding in the bind of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan. Through the 4-1-1 Community Read, the four counties will unite around one book to form one community. The project gives residents an opportunity to read and discuss a single book together for pleasure and enlightenment, while participating in more than 60 events that center around the book’s themes. The feature event is a large-scale Quest for the Code and the project will wrap with a four-county book tour by the author, Robin Sloan.

Cabarrus County Public Library System is leading the Community Read collaboration, which includes a committee of public libraries, parks departments, community colleges and other community partners from each county.

The last Community Read took place in 2012 and was centered on “The Hunger Games.” The events soared in popularity and culminated with more than 275 participants, ages 3 to 70, running a massive obstacle course.

This year’s selection, “Mr. Penumbra,” is a gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

“The committee selected ‘Mr. Penumbra,’ because it covers a wide gamut of themes, including a love for printed books and the amazing things that can happen with technology,” said Dana Eure, director of the Cabarrus County Public Library System. “It’s a fun read with a mystery and a quest. There’s a lot of opportunity for discussion, as well as events that include art, technology and more. It’s appropriate for adult readers, but does have appeal for older teen audiences as well.”

The library checkout counter is just the beginning for residents who want to journey into the secret society created by Sloan.

Community Read activities are geared toward adult audiences with some programming for teens and children. They will take place in March and early April, in each of the participating counties. Take part in book discussions; technology programs, including Minecraft, Wikipedia, crowdsourcing, blogging and geocaching; and creative programs, like altered books, stamping and a photowalk. Participants can also journey on book-lover field trips and join in contests.

With “Mr. Penumbra,” participants can illuminate their imaginations and compete for prizes at the free Quest for the Code event on March 15 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. The Quest includes physical and mental challenges, based on the book, including glow-in-the-dark obstacle courses, black light geocaching, riddles, puzzles, trivia and more. You can participate as a team, individual or family group to solve The Founder’s Puzzle.

The book tour and presentations featuring author Robin Sloan will take place April 3-5. Books will be available for purchase and Sloan will be available for autographs. Sloan’s presentations are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For a complete listing of events, visit www.411CommunityRead.wordpress.com. Stay informed and become part of the 4-1-1 community by joining the project’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/411CommunityRead.

“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” is available in hard copy or electronically at all libraries in Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan and Stanly counties.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore?

mrpenumbraIt’s time to read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore so that you will be ready to participate in our programs and events!  If you are still wondering what it is all about, here’s a summary for you:

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from
strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for  something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

PLUS – the book glows in the dark!!

Contests!

Ready to be creative?  We have three contests for you!

Hidden Picture Contest – For children and teens age 7-17.  Use markers, crayons, or pens, color the contest image calling special attention to the hidden objects.

Photo Contest – For adults and students (ages 12-17).  Submit photos related to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and the themes brought out in the book such as the juxtaposition of new and old technology, the quest for immortality, and hidden messages.

Shelf Room Contest – For teens, adults and groups.  Create a “shelf room” depicting a scene from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.