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Peoria Reads! Features Events Based on Station Eleven, 2018 Book Choice

Peoria Reads! will offer a variety of programs and discussions in March and April to enhance and expand the discussions around Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, this year’s one-city, one-book choice. The book examines a world that has fallen to a pandemic and what happens 20 years after most of the world’s population is wiped out. No ordinary disaster story, this one is seen through the eyes of a troupe of actors and musicians who save Shakespeare and classical music. Complete information about Peoria Reads!, the book, the events and more is available at www.peoriareads.org and updates are found on the Peoria Reads! Facebook page as well.

The project launched with an exhibit The Museum of Civilization, in the Main Gallery at Peoria Public Library Main Library. It ends on Saturday, February 24, but is modeled after the museum in the book, that showcases items once highly used daily and now obsolete as civilization changes.

A variety of book discussions will be held at various locations, including on Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. A further discussion into plague literature will be lead by Dr. Lirim Neziroski on Thursday, April 19 at North Branch. Other discussion times are listed at peoriareads.org.

On Thursday, March 15 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., experience what it’s like to face a pandemic like the one in Station Eleven with an evening at Methodist College, 7600 N. Academic Drive. See a live action simulation of the progression of an epidemic outbreak in a hospital and its effects on the population and health care providers. There will also be an interactive lab on transmission of diseases. Then attend the final “debriefing” discussion while enjoying refreshments. Registration is limited, so please contact (ckarn@methodistcol.edu) to reserve your spot.

Children in grades 3 through 5 are invited to take part as well with the American Red Cross Pillow Case project on April 2, 3 and 4 at various library branches, when they will learn to prepare for a disaster. Since a graphic novel is a key element in Station Eleven, a J.M. Hunter Cartoon Workshop will be offered on April 4 at North Branch from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration is required for these events. Please email programmingdept@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us or call 497-2143.

The Peoria Reads! events wrap up with an examination of severe weather here in Illinois with Chris Miller, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Lincoln, Illinois during which, in a fascinating presentation, he will present the facts about the history, and current statistics about, severe weather in Illinois. See the big picture in a way weather is seldom presented. It takes place on Thursday, April 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at North Branch

Peoria Reads! is entering its 16th year of asking Peorians to read and discuss the same great book. Peoria Reads is a joint project of Common Place and Peoria Public Library. While funds are not available this year to provide free copies of the book, many copies may be borrowed from Peoria Public Library as books, e-books and audio books.

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