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One Great Read Programs and Events

Cover for "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle.


A Wrinkle in Time

Madeline L'Engle

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.




Programs and Events

"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.
Downtown Library

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.
Downtown Library

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.
Downtown Library

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.
Campus Library

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.
Downtown Library

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.
Downtown Library

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.

2014 One Great Read Book Choice




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)


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