This year's One Great Read book is the classic children's novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Read about Meg Murray's adventures on other worlds as she tries to find her missing father and free him from a terrible evil. Then come to events to explore different aspects of science and literature seen in the book. Be sure to check out the many activities at our partner organizations around the community as well.
Monday, September 8, 2:00 p.m. - Klondike Library (Fireside Book Group)
Thursday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. - Klondike Library (Yarn & Yarns Book Group)
Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Downtown Library
Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - St. John's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Robots & Rogues Bookstore
Thursday, October 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Campus Library
Saturday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. - Barnes & Noble
One Great Read Kickoff
Thursday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
Join us as we kick off One Great Read at the Downtown Library. County Librarian Jos N. Holman will talk about his experiences serving on the Newberry and Caldecott committees and what makes books award-winning classics. Local actor Jeff Spanke will talk about the book's themes. Enjoy the discussion and some light refreshments.
Resources for Book Group Leaders
Tuesday, September 09, 7:00 p.m.
Stop in and get tips and resources for discussing A Wrinkle in Time with your own book groups.
Life Cycle of a Star
Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.
A Wrinkle in Time's Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which are billions of years old beings that used to be stars. Join Bill Huston, Planetarium Director at Jefferson High School, as he delves into what scientists know about of the stages of stars from birth to death.
Teen Fandom Club Callout
Thursday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.
Come and join the new fandom club for teens. Discuss your favorite shows, books, and characters. This month's theme is time travel stories, including A Wrinkle in Time and the new season of Doctor Who. We'll also talk about club names and future topics. Open to grades 6-12.
1962 Time Capsule
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.
A Wrinkle in Time was published in 1962. Join librarian Alison Moss for a slide-show time warp back and learn about major events, people, and culture of that year. Hear about the debuts of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, the Cuban Missile Crisis, fashion, and more.
Friday, September 19, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation (638 North St, Lafayette)
Join TCPL librarians and many others for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation's Gallery Walk. Tour downtown Lafayette and see what it has to offer for art, music, and more. The walk starts at the TAF Building, 638 North St in Lafayette.
Women in Sci-Fi and Geek Culture
Saturday, September 20, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Robots & Rogues Bookstore (531 Main St, Lafayette)
Aurora Cruz of Women Geeking Out talks about the history of women in sci-fi at the Robots and Rogues Bookstore. Madeline L'Engle was a female author writing science fiction with a female protagonist in the 1960s - not an easy feat! We will examine the issues facing female authors and artists through the development of sci-fi into modern day; explore the role of female protagonists and characters in fiction, movies, comics, and other media; and discuss the experience of women in today.
A Wrinkle In Time, performed on stage by Civic Theater of Lafayette
Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2:30 p.m.
Historic Monon Depot Theater (313 N 5th St, Lafayette)
Join us at the Historic Monon Depot Theater as members of Civic Theater perform the award-winning stage adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, written by John Galore.
"It Was A Dark & Stormy Night" - Spooky Storywriting Contest
October 1-15, Grades 3-12
A Wrinkle in Time starts off with the classic line, "It was a dark and stormy night," and so do many other stories. Where does this spooky sentence make your imagination go? Come up with your own characters and story for our spooky storywriting contest. Entry forms and contest guidelines will be available October 1. The entry deadline is October 15 and 8:00 p.m. and winners will be announced on October 22.
Far Out! Extrasolar Planets
Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Scientists have discovered over 1800 planets outside our solar system. Professor David Minton will explain what we know about these far our planets. How were they discovered? What are they like? Could there be life on them?
Intro to Quantum Physics
Thursday, October 09, 7:00 p.m.
Purdue Professor Norbert Neumeister will speak about the strange science of quantum physics.
Family Snack n' Chat
Saturday, October 11, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Bring your whole family to discuss A Wrinkle in Time and have a snack on a Saturday afternoon. We may discuss the movie and possible upcoming movie version as well. You may bring your own snack, we'll provide beverages.
The Art and Science of Nonverbal Communication
Thursday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.
Join Purdue's Dr. Chris Kowal, an expert in nonverbal communication, as he shares his insights on the art and science of how we communicate without words.
Imagining the Future: Literature & Real Science
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
West Lafayette Public Library (208 W Columbia St, West Lafayette)
Professor Jenna Rickus of Purdue's Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, will talk about how real science plays a role in literature. This takes place at the West Lafayette Public Library.
Let's Talk About Spaceships
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
We can't tesser between planets, but maybe we can get there with a spaceship. Dr Michael Grant, professor of astronautics and director of the Rapid Design of Systems Lab at Purdue, will talk about current plans and ideas about how to reach the moon, Mars, and more, with no wrinkles required.
A Wrinkle in Time Group Read and Discussion
Saturday, October 25, 3:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers (2323 Sagamore Parkway South, Lafayette)
Librarian Alison Moss will lead a group read and discussion at the cafe in Barnes & Nobles, located near the Tippecanoe Mall.
Fate and Free Will
Thursday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
Questions of fate, and free will play an important part of A Wrinkle in Time. Join us for a panel discussion about how different faiths view these ideas, lead by Reverand Charlie Davis and other members of the Inter-Religious Network of Greater Lafayette.
A WRINKLE IN TIME BY MADELEINE L'ENGLE IS THE 2014 ONE GREAT READ
Lafayette, IN – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle combines fantasy, science fiction, and elements of theology. The 250-page Newbery Medal winning novel and American classic was first published in 1962.
“A ‘classic’ is a book generation after generation finds worthy of reading. Heart-warming tales of good and evil inspire readers year after year,” said West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel.
“Whether you read this for the first time as a young person, come to it new as an adult, or plan to re-read the tale of three young people on a quest through time and space to find the meaning of love and family,” Schenkel continued. “You'll enjoy visiting this not-so-unlike-our-own-2014-world that was fashioned so long ago by Madeleine L’Engle.”
"Fans of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, The Time Hackers by Gary Paulsen, and Lost in Cyberspace by Richard Peck will enjoy this book,” said Tippecanoe County Public Library Head Reference Librarian Alison Moss. “We hope it inspires fantasy and sci-fi readers to join their first community-wide ‘read.’ Mature readers may welcome the chance to explore the book’s complex themes and emotions from an adult viewpoint."
Meg and her psychic younger brother Charles Wallace Murry, schoolmate Calvin O'Keefe, Mrs. Whatsit and some extraterrestrial friends are the central characters. The group travels through a wrinkle in time -- a tesseract -- to rescue Meg’s father, a secret government worker, from a planet controlled by an evil presence.
Will Meg's loving nature and the groups’ belief in individuality survive the journey? Join One Great Read and find out!
A Wrinkle in Time is available in multiple formats and many languages. From local libraries you may check out print, downloadable, and audiobooks. DVDs and graphic novel adaptations also are available. For versions to purchase, visit area bookstores.
The One Great Read committee includes representatives from the Tippecanoe County Public Library, West Lafayette Public Library, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
Members are required to host at least one activity per year. Anyone interested in joining the committee or hosting an event may call 765-429-0113.
Activities begin Thursday, September 4 with a kickoff at the Downtown Library. Committee-sponsored events end Friday, October 31.
"I went back to A Wrinkle in Time and read it again and again, trying to see it as different characters in my own story might (sounds crazy, but it's possible). And those readings led to new connections." Rebecca Stead, 2010 Newbery Medal winner for When You Reach Me.
“In the 50th anniversary edition, Lisa Sonne suggests modern scientific concepts related to the story—multiple dimensions, dark energy, and string theory. These concepts were conceived after the book's 1962 publication but are amazingly applicable to A Wrinkle in Time.” Children's Literature, Barbara L. Talcroft
The novel also appeared in the Lost TV series. Prompting L'Engle to attend a Lost book club meeting in Washington D.C. (Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly: December 19, 2007, Washington Post.)
Madeleine L’Engle Camp (1918-2007) wrote over 60 books, including youth and adult fiction, poems, plays, memoirs, and religious meditations. Her first was The Small Rain (1945). A Wrinkle in Time (1962) resulted in “The Time Quintet” series. Over two dozen publishers rejected A Wrinkle in Time before Farrar, Straus and Giroux released it.
Literary Awards and Distinctions include:
1963: A Wrinkle in Time – John Newbery Medal
1964: A Wrinkle in Time – runner-up, Hans Christian Andersen Award
1965: A Wrinkle in Time – Sequoyah Award
1965: A Wrinkle in Time – Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
1986: ALAN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Adolescent Literature from the National Council of Teachers of English
1990: Kerlan Award
1997: World Fantasy Convention, lifetime achievement
2012: A Wrinkle in Time voted #2 (#1 Charlotte’s Web) in a School Library Journal survey
L’Engle also received over a dozen honorary academic degrees, plus multiple service awards from educational and religious organizations. (See: http://www.madeleinelengle.com/madeleine-lengle/#sthash.DPtf54zU.dpuf)