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Here is a listing of children's events at The Tuscaloosa Public Library and The Children's Hands-On Museum (CHOM) for "The Big Read" this and next month.

What is The Big Read?
"The Big Read" boosts literacy using classics and tying them to multimedia activities. Alabama has chosen to focus on "Tom Sawyer" to coincide with the 175th birthday of Mark Twain and the Alabama Department of Tourism's Year of Small Towns.

Through April 10:
"Whitewash" -- a fence post at The Tuscaloosa Public Library, Main branch, will be created by children. Children will decorate paper fence posts, which will then be placed around the Children's department.

Wed. March 17 at 2:00 p.m.:
Jumpin' Frog Contest -- There will be a Jumpin' Frog Contest and a reading of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The program is appropriate for school-age children.

Thurs. March 18 at 2:00 p.m.:
"Rascals and Scoundrels" -- a matinee showing of "The Adventures of Mark Twain," a feature-length Claymation fantasy based on the stories of Mark Twain. Rated G. Movie will be shown at The Tuscaloosa Library's Main Branch.

Fri. March 19 & March 26:
Games of Yesteryear -- Play games Tom and Huck would have played, such as jacks, checkers and marbles. At The Tuscaloosa Public Library's Main Branch

Tues. March 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Main Branch and Tues. April 6 at 6:30 p.m.at the Brown branch of The Tuscaloosa Public Library:
Tom Sawyer Book Talk. Book discussion of the Mark Twain classic, "Tom Sawyer."

Saturdays in April from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
Tom Sawyer's Raft Run -- Children can learn how to build rafts like the one found in "Tom Sawyer" at CHOM.

Sat. April 3 at 10:30 a.m.:
Meet the Cast of Tom Sawyer -- Meet the cast from the play "Tom Sawyer" and hear them sing songs from the show. There will also be stories and games. This will take place at The Tuscaloosa Public Library, Main Branch.

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Tues. April 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.:
Steamboat a Comin' -- Celebrate The Big Read with books and activities about life on the Mississippi with Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer.

Thurs. April 8 at 7:00 p.m.:
Dolores Hydrock Storyteller -- Storyteller performer Dolores Hydrock takes you on a journey through Mark Twain's life and several of his stories. Learn where his ideas came from and why he was so superstitious.

Sat. April 10 at 10:30 a.m.:
Steamboat a Comin' and the Tom and Becky Contest -- Dress up as your favorite character from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Enjoy books, music, and activities about life on the Mississippi with Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer. For children of all ages.

Tues. April 13 at noon & 7:00 p.m.:
Movie with Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight!" -- Viewing of the first TV broadcast of Hal Holbrook's landmark one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!" 90 min. Bring a bagged lunch to the noon viewing.

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