Germantown Reads 2018

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True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit book coverJanuary 1 to February 24

Germantown READS! is community-wide reading initiative that seeks to encourage reading across all ages and walks of life.  This year’s Germantown READS! selection is True Grit by Charles Portis. Education and lifelong learning are important priorities of the Germantown Forward 2030 plan and this is the perfect way for the community to come together to celebrate that commitment and simply enjoy the pleasure of reading a good book.

The City of Germantown and its community partners including the Germantown Community Library, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown Municipal Schools, Germantown Community Theatre and the Germantown Museum will support the reading of the book by offering a variety of programs to encourage participation throughout Germantown and a deeper understanding of this classic novel. Look for the * icon throughout the publication for events related to Germantown READS! And True Grit.

“True Grit is one of the great American novels, with two of the greatest characters in our literature and a story worthy of their greatness,” writes Newsweek about this rousing Western adventure tale that has inspired two award-winning films. Called an “epic and a legend” (The New York Times Book Review) and “a comic tour de force” (The Washington Post), the novel tells the story of a 14-year-old girl from Arkansas in the latter part of the nineteenth century who recruits a one-eyed marshal to help her avenge the murder of her father; the two set out during a hard winter across untamed territory to find the drifter who killed him. Published in 1968 as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, True Grit is the fifth and most famous novel by Charles Portis, a native of Arkansas who served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.



Germantown Reads: Little House on the Prairie
Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 16 to February 22, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Germantown Community Theater. 3037 Forest Hill Irene Road
Grades: 3 through 8   
Fee: $85
Come discover the characters in Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic series, companion books to the official Germantown Reads title True Grit. Take part in GERMANTOWN READS as an actor in this original one-act play that will culminate in performances at GCT on Thursday, February 22, and at Germantown Community Library on Saturday, February 24.

Western Art Contest
January 19, 5 p.m.
Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road
All ages are invited to participate in a Western Art Contest. Be inspired by True Grit or your favorite western then create a work of art of any style on one 8.5” x 11” piece of paper of any kind. Library staff will judge the art and notify winners by phone on January 22.

Peanut Butter and Jam presents Big Barton
Saturday, January 20, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road
GPAC’s celebrated music education program introduces children ages 8 and under to a wide variety of musical instruments and styles. Complete with some of the biggest hats and belt buckles you've ever seen, the band holds true to the roots of this American art form, while bringing their modern sensibilities and musical talents to these songs. Big Barton plays classic country and western music including artists such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Ernest Tubb and Johnny Cash. Saddle up your horse and put on your boots for this two-steppin’ good time!

Western Costume Contest
January 26, 5 p.m.
Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road
All ages are invited to participate in a Western Costume Contest. Be inspired by True Grit or your favorite western and come to the library in your best western themed costume. Prizes will be awarded by age group.

True Grit Movie Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m.
Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road
Adults and teens ages 13 and up are invited to celebrate Germantown READS! with a screening of the 2010 film adaptation of True Grit, followed by a short discussion of the movie and book. True Grit is rated PG-13. Pre-registration is required and begins January 9. 

Close the Book Celebration
Saturday, February 24, 12 to 2 p.m.
Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road
Celebrate the end of the community wide reading of True Grit with games, food trucks, and more.

For more information, contact Germantown Community Library at (901) 757-7323.