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The Volusia County Public Library
will present
The NEA Big Read program
January 20 - February 28, 2018


The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery

Seventy-five nonprofit organizations received grants totaling more than $1 million to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. These grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 for community reading programs taking place in 32 states and focusing on 21 works of literature. Grant recipients range from schools to libraries to arts organizations. The Volusia County Public Library was awarded a $14,000 grant.

“Through the NEA Big Read we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “These 75 organizations have developed unique plans to celebrate these works, including numerous opportunities for exploration and conversation.”

"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.

The Library's 13 branches and other venues throughout the county will host book discussions, author talks, musical performances, screenings of the "Prairie Prankster", an original play written by Karen Poulsen, and many other community programs.

The Volusia County Council proudly supports the NEA Big Read.

  • Ed Kelley (County Chair)
  • Joyce Cusack (At-large)
  • Deborah Denys (Vice Chair, District 3)
  • Pat Patterson (District 1)
  • Billie Wheeler (District 2)
  • Heather Post (District 4)
  • Dr. Fred Lowry (District 5)
  • Jim Dinneen (County Manager)


Graphic by Mary Whiting


Book Discussions

  • Online book club Chapter Chat discussion of "True Grit"
    February 1-28 @ goodreads.com

  • Book discussion at DeBary Public Library
    January 30 @ 3:30 pm

  • Book discussion at Ormond Beach Regional Library
    February 5 @ 4 pm

  • Book discussion at Sweet Marlay's Coffee, 214 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach
    February 6 @ 3 pm

  • Book discussion at Daytona Beach Shores Council Chambers, 3048 South Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores. Parking available behind building.
    February 7 @ 2 pm

  • Book discussion at Edgewater Public Library. Light brunch refreshments will be served.
    February 8 @ 10:30 am

  • Book discussion at Boston Coffee House, 109 E. New York Ave., DeLand
    February 8 @ 3 pm

  • Book discussion at The Stage at Thank You Five, 4606 Clyde Morris Blvd., Unit 2N, Port Orange
    February 12 @ 6 pm

  • Book discussion at The Hub on Canal, 711 Faulkner St., New Smyrna Beach
    February 13 @ 2 pm

  • Book discussion at 95 & Vine, 1655 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange
    February 13 @ 5:30 pm

  • Book discussion at DeLand Regional Library
    February 14 @ 10 am

  • Book discussion at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Classroom 104 of the Willie Miller Instructional Center, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach
    February 14 @ 6 pm

  • Book discussion at DeLand Regional Library
    February 15 @ 5:30 pm

  • Book discussion at Oak Hill Public Library
    February 16 @ 10:45 am

  • Book discussion at Lake Helen Public Library
    February 20 @ 3:30 pm

  • Book discussion at Deltona Regional Library
    February 21 @ 10:00 am

  • Book discussion at Port Orange Regional Library
    February 21 @ 10:30 am

  • Book discussion at New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
    February 27 @ 10:30 am

Special Events

  • Join our Posse!
    January 20, 2018

    Saddle up and get ready to celebrate the NEA Big Read and "True Grit" with the Volusia County Public Library.

    Each library branch will hand out free copies of "True Grit" and a calendar of events for the NEA Big Read program, which runs through February 28, 2018. Visitors at each branch may enter a drawing to win a prize basket that includes a copy of the film and gifts from community merchants. Each branch will select its winner on Monday, January 29.

    Other passive programs beginning January 20 will include crafts, photo ops and bingo. Visit volusialibrary.org for locations and branch hours.


  • Honky-Tonk Kickoff
    Deltona Regional Library
    2 to 8 pm, January 27, 2018

    Put on your best cowboy hat and boots to join us for a honky-tonk good time celebrating the spirit of "True Grit"! Watch the 2010 movie on the big screen, view projects from the community, indulge in Kona Shaved Ice and barbecue from our food trucks, enjoy crafts, participate in games and contests, take your picture with various backgrounds and props, be entertained by caricature artist Irene, and much more! We will have copies of the book for discussions.

    As Mountain Brew, Sara and Andy Burr have performed vocals and played a wide variety of styles on mandolin, guitar and harmonica. Fiddler Allen Eisenman joins in to make them a trio. Their musical specialties include Irish standards, bluegrass, classic country, Cajun, Christmas music, and mellow pop and rock standards from the 1940s-90s.

    Stick around for a live performance by Boggy Creek, a local country band performing their own music and country songs. Led by Craig Wise, the band blends traditional and modern country music.

    Schedule:
    • 2 to 8 pm: Food trucks
    • 2 to 4 pm: Family games, carnival activities, crafts, community vendors, a caricature artist and the Mountain Brew trio
    • 4 to 6 pm: "True Grit" movie in the auditorium
    • 6 to 6:30 pm: Proclamation presentation; trivia; contests for Rooster Cogburn look-alikes and best "Yee-haw!"; and costume contests for kids and adults
    • 6:30 to 8 pm: Boggy Creek Band and dancing


  • "True Grit" and the Further Adventures of Charles Portis: Keynote speaker and author Jay Jennings
    Ormond Beach Regional Library
    2 to 3:30 pm, February 1, 2018

    Freelance writer Jay Jennings has been Charles Portis’ friend for the past 30 years. He will explain why “True Grit” is not just a great genre story, but great literature. He will also share biographical information about Portis and his writing career as a journalist and novelist, discuss his other novels, and reveal some exclusive background information about how both movie versions were made.


  • "The Prairie Prankster" an original play written by Karen Poulsen for the NEA Big Read


    From left: Heather Beam, Ryan McNally, Terence Van Auken and Jeanna Carley (photo by Mike Kitaif)

    Local playwright Karen Poulsen invites you to the Arcadia Bar and Grill Saloon, the old stomping ground for famed Florida cowhunter Bone Mizell, who is always stirring up some fun and pranks for the local folks.

    Set in the late 1800s, the play features four talented and experienced actors who are familiar to audiences from Volusia and Flagler counties. Ryan McNally has the best "Yeehaw!" of any character in Florida in his portrayal of Bone Mizell. Jeanna Carley returns for a third year to the NEA Big Read original play series as saloon owner Priscilla Ray Reed. Running from the charming Bone is Heather Beam as the sweet, but sassy, Martha Kreider. Terence Van Auken always brings humor to the stage while doing his best to keep order as the town sheriff who arrests Bone on a regular basis.

    • Port Orange Regional Library
      1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange
      2 pm, January 31, 2018
      7 pm, February 2, 2018

    • Museum of Arts & Sciences
      352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach
      7 pm, February 8 and 9, 2018
      2 pm, February 10 and 11, 2018




  • Art exhibit: "Expressing True Grit"
    Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center
    123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand
    January 15 to February 15, 2018

    Local emerging and professional artists will exhibit art connecting to the 1968 novel "True Grit," the U.S. west of the late 1800s, and the characteristic of "resilience."

  • 1 / 24
    Banas "Encampment"
    2 / 24
    Banas "Pursuing Tom Chaney"
    3 / 24
    Bleakney "Going The Distance"
    4 / 24
    Bullen-Dunbar "Cathedral Rock"
    5 / 24
    Bullen-Dunbar "Kitchen's Closed"
    6 / 24
    Bullen-Dunbar "Buffalo"
    7 / 24
    Coppo "Buffalo Spirit"
    8 / 24
    Coppo "Morning Star"
    9 / 24
    Davis "Lost Trade"
    10 / 24
    Grayson "At The Woods"
    11 / 24
    Hagood "At Once"
    12 / 24
    Hagood "Prey"
    13 / 24
    Laser "Braids Of Courage"
    14 / 24
    Laser "Jasper Cogburn"
    15 / 24
    Omeara "Fort Smith"
    16 / 24
    Omeara "Pursuing A Killer"
    17 / 24
    Omeara "Mattie The Warrior Girl"
    18 / 24
    Perrotti "Light At The End Of The Tunnel"
    19 / 24
    Perrotti "Listening To You"
    20 / 24
    Perrotti "Boy With A Dream"
    21 / 24
    Shaffer "Crossing The River"
    22 / 24
    Silvey "Game Interrupted"
    23 / 24
    Silvey "The Pioneer Wife"
    24 / 24
    Silvey "The Lawmen"



  • Stetson Quartet
    DeBary Hall Historic Site stables
    198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary
    2 pm, February 3, 2018

    Join the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) of Stetson University for a classical music concert.
    ASTA is a community of string teachers, aspiring music educators and performers dedicated to enriching lives through universal access to fine string playing and teaching.


  • Books, Barbecue and Ballads at Cracker Creek
    Cracker Creek
    1795 Taylor Road, Port Orange
    3 to 5 pm, February 17, 2018

    Cracker Creek is an environmental and historical treasure that pays tribute to the great outdoors! Located along scenic Spruce Creek, this 20-acre sanctuary is a natural home for a variety of endangered plants and animals.

    Celebrate Florida and "True Grit" by spending the afternoon listening to some great music from Spayed Koolie. The band performs country, alternative and rock music focusing on redemption, sorrow, anger, love and bliss.

    Cozy up to our open fire pit to toast marshmallows. We’ll also serve grilled hot dogs with all the fixings. We hope to see you there!


  • Bonfire on the Beach
    Esther Street Beachfront Park
    551 Esther St., New Smyrna Beach
    5 to 6:30 pm, February 24, 2018

    The NEA Big Read Campfire Adventure is set to happen on the beach! Join the staff for stories, jokes, trivia and more. Gather around a campfire to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Saddle on up with your own chairs and covers.

Presentations

  • Florida History through Songs and Stories at the DeLand Regional Library
    2 pm, Tuesday, January 30
    Bill and Eli Perras will share bits about history, people and culture using stories and original songs such as "The Real McCoy," the story of the bootlegger from Ormond Beach named Capt. William McCoy; "Let the River Run Free,” the saga of the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River; "These Florida Songs,” Bill's interpretation of the Florida landscape and those who write about it; and other songs that touch on the environment, people, and history of Florida.

  • Edible Plants at the Edgewater Public Library
    10 am, Saturday, February 3
    Learn how to live off the land like a Florida cracker in this edible plant lecture. Taylor Knight, a former 4-H member and plant aficionado, will discuss plants suitable for consumption. She will welcome other plant-related questions.

  • Genealogy Overview at the DeBary Public Library
    10 am, Friday, February 9
    The Volusia County Public Library subscribes to four genealogy databases, most of which can be accessed from home. In this one-hour presentation, a librarian will explain the purpose of the databases and show you how to use them and access them from home.

  • Growing Cacti and Other Succulents at the Deltona Beach Regional Library
    10 am, Saturday, February 10
    Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will lead a free plant clinic at 10 a.m. Bring your houseplants in for a free checkup. At 11 a.m. he will offer tips on growing cacti and other succulents.

  • Florida Crackers: A Way of Life
    • New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
      2 pm, Monday, February 12

    • Ormond Beach Regional Library
      2 pm, Thursday, February 15
    Zach Zacharias will describe the culture of Florida cracker cowboys – their lifestyle, origin and how the name came to be. Zacharias is the senior curator of education and curator of history at the Museum of Arts & Science, Daytona Beach.

  • Ann Magaha Book Presentation at the DeLand Regional Library
    10 am, Friday, February 16
    Ann Magaha is a playwright whose one-acts have been produced in New York. Her most recent play, “Love You, Bye,” won the Paul Stephen Lim Midwest Playwriting Competition. Magaha will provide fascinating information about “True Grit,” touching on the author, the time period, the setting and the story itself.

  • The Three Mrs. Flaglers at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm, Friday, February 16
    Fourth-generation Floridian Dianne Jacoby brings history to life as she portrays, in costume, the wives of empire builder and Florida pioneer Henry Morrison Flagler. One wife dies of consumption, another is consigned to an asylum, and the last becomes the world’s richest widow at age 46. You won’t want to miss this stirring and informative performance!

  • Cowboy Bill at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm, Monday, February 19
    Join Cowboy Bill Cummins as he performs rope tricks and talks about life as a cowboy. Learn about horseback riding and the gear cowboys need, like a saddle and the right outfit. You won’t want to miss this entertaining program for all ages!

  • Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm, Tuesday, February 20
    Since they met performing in the musical “Sweet Charity” in 1970, William and Sue Wills’ marriage has revolved around the world of theatre. In 1991, they began researching, writing and performing a series of presentations they called "Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking.” Join this accomplished duo as they bring to life Presidents Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant.

  • Medicine in the Time of Mattie Ross at the John H. Dickerson Heritage Library
    10:30 am, Thursday, February 22
    Angeline Bushy, Ph.D., R.N., will describe healing practices that were probably used by Mattie Ross and her family in the late 19th century.
    In the 1870s Dardanelle, Arkansas, was a typical community in terms of Old West lifestyle and health practices. There were few practicing doctors, and those who were available were expensive. As such, the mother of the family generally provided health care. These intrepid women relied mostly on home remedies and recipes, often found in cookbooks.
    Dr. Bushy is the Bert Fish endowed chair in Community Health Nursing at the University of Central Florida

  • Florida Memory Program at the Ormond Beach Regional Library
    1 pm, Friday, February 23
    A representative from the State Library and Archives of Florida will discuss the Florida Memory database, which provides access to digitized materials illuminating significant events and individuals in the state's history.

  • Calico and Cornbread: Finding your Female Ancestor at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm, Friday, February 23
    Finding female ancestors can be challenging because they were often left out of official records and their maiden names may be lost in history. Genealogist Ann Mohr Osisek will teach techniques for discovering clues that can unlock these secrets. Osisek has been a certified genealogist for decades. She is the past president of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Central Florida Genealogical Society. She has taught genealogy classes at Seminole County Community College, The Disney Institute and numerous other venues.

  • When Florida was the Wild West at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm, Tuesday, February 27
    Wayne and Jane Sims, known as the Storytelling Sims, are humorists, historians and tandem tellers. They will bring 19th century Florida to life with stories of the cattle barons, ranchers and cow hunters who forged Florida's gigantic cattle industry. This fascinating presentation focuses on the challenge and romance of cowmen who scoured Florida's prairies and swamps to find, herd and drive cattle to market.

Films

  • Florida Crackers: The Cattlemen and Cowboys of Florida
    • Deltona Regional Library
      1:30 pm, Sunday, February 4

    • Port Orange Regional Library
      2 pm, Tuesday, February 6

    • DeLand Regional Library
      1 pm, Wednesday, February 13

    • Ormond Beach Regional Library
      2 pm, Friday, February 16

    • New Smyrna Regional Library
      11:30 am, Thursday, February 22


  • True Grit, 1969
    • DeLand Regional Library
      2 pm, Friday, February 2

    • Deltona Regional Library
      1:30 pm, Sunday, February 11

    • Ormond Beach Regional Library
      2 pm, Tuesday, February 13

    • Port Orange Regional Library
      2 pm, Thursday, February 15


  • True Grit, 2010
    • Deltona Regional Library
      4 pm, Saturday, January 27

    • Port Orange Regional Library
      2 pm, Thursday, February 22

    • DeLand Regional Library
      2 pm, Friday, February 23

    • Ormond Beach Regional Library
      2 pm, Tuesday, February 27


  • Rooster Cogburn (…and the Lady)
    • DeLand Regional Library
      1:15 pm, Sunday, February 4

    • Ormond Beach Regional Library
      2 pm, Tuesday, February 6

    • Deltona Regional Library
      1 pm, Saturday, February 24


  • Tumbleweeds
    Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm, Tuesday, February 13

  • Wild, Wild, Women Documentary
    DeBary Public Library
    10 am, Friday, February 16

  • The Magnificent Seven
    DeLand Regional Library
    1 pm, Monday, February 19

Just For Fun

  • Cowboy Karaoke at the Edgewater Public Library
    6 pm, Thursday, February 1
    Teen and adult country crooners can share their singing talents. Feel free to wear your western finest. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Dancing with Librarians at the Deltona Regional Library
    10 am, Saturday, February 3
    10 am, Wednesday, February 28
    Kick up your heels and try some fancy steps from the Old West!

  • Green Screen Activity
    • New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
      2 to 4 pm, Monday, February 5
    • Port Orange Regional Library
      3 to 5 pm, Wednesday, February 14
    Pose for a picture in front of a green screen and choose from a selection of western backgrounds to make an authentic picture in the style of “True Grit.” Bring your own props and wear any color but green.

  • Diamond Dixie Musical Duo at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm Wednesday, February7
    Diamond Dixie is an up-and-coming country duo consisting of sisters Gabriela and Bianca LeDuc. The Orlando duo has been playing for 10 years and traveled across the country playing shows, recording music, and making radio and television appearances. Gabriela and Bianca released their first EP in 2015 and recently released “Reckless.”

  • Jackson Creek Band
    • New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
      2 pm Wednesday, February 7
    • VIA Hall (126 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill)
      3 pm Sunday, February 11
    • DeLand Regional Library
      2 pm Friday, February 16
    Spend an afternoon listening to the songs of the mountains, rivers and cowboys of yesteryear.

  • Valentine Roundup and the OB Corral at the Ormond Beach Regional Library
    3:30 pm Wednesday, February 14
    We are rounding up all the buckaroos and cowpokes, dudes and dudettes, tenderfoots and city slickers we can find to join us for a rip-roaring good time! Y'all are welcome to wear your cowboy, cowgirl, Old West or pioneer duds. We’ll have a cowboy/cowgirl photo backdrop down on the ranch for you to try out. Join in with fun and games, pan for gold, find the horse of your dreams with a hobby horse craft, try out some rodeo stunts, whistle along with some hoedown music, and join the chow line to wet your whistle and grab some grub. Little tykes of all ages are welcome along with their kinfolk, so pony up and come on down!

  • Wild West Bonanza at the DeBary Public Library
    5:30 pm Thursday, February 15
    All you cowpokes, come on down! Wear your jeans, boots, bandanas, bolo ties, gingham skirts and chaps. Make a sheriff’s badge or a beaded snake, play the horseshoe toss, eat some grub, and much more! This event is designed for children and families. Registration is required; call 386-668-3835.

  • Edgewater Hoedown at the Edgewater Public Library
    High noon Saturday, February 17
    Join the library staff for a rootin' tootin' good time for the whole family. Activities will include cowboy carnival games, campfire storytime and a ranch roundup animal experience. Come in your finest western wear. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Wild West Jamboree at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm Saturday, February 17
    Join us for a rip-roaring good time full of line dancing, games and other Wild West surprises that will be sure to make you yell “Yeehaw!” Feel free to dress in western wear and bring the whole family.

  • Cookbook Club "Tex-mex" at the Edgewater Public Library
    6 pm Tuesday, February 20
    This adult program meets monthly to make and share recipes from a selected cookbook. The cookbook will be available at the Edgewater Public Library's Circulation Desk for participants to select and copy a recipe. This month's recipes will be Tex-Mex.

  • What’s Cooking at the Library? at the Deltona Regional Library
    2 pm Thursday, February 22
    Join us for a demonstration menu of hearty,stick-to-your-ribs western fare.

  • Crane Lake Dancers at the Edgewater Public Library
    10 am Saturday, February 24
    These local performers will entertain with some western, book-scootin' fun!

  • Tabletop Games at the Edgewater Public Library
    Noon to 4:45 pm Saturday, February 24
    Join us for western-inspired tabletop games, featuring The Good, The Bad and the Munchkin. Ages 12 and up are welcome. This program is co-sponsored by the NSB/Edgewater Tabletop Games Group. Newcomers are welcome!

  • Country Singer Bobby Meeks at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm Sunday, February 25
    Come join us for a western blast to the past with Bobby Meeks. The local country singer performs cover songs by a variety of country stars including Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr. and Alan Jackson. He also performs original songs, proving that he is pure country at its best!

  • Games of the Wild West Saloons at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
    2 pm Monday, February 26
    Play popular Wild West saloon games such as poker, blackjack and high-low. Participants will be given mock money to use at the tables. Please bring donated items for the Hope Reins TherapeuticRiding Center to trade in for additional playing money. Call the library at 386-424-2910 for their wish list.

Arts and Crafts

  • DIY Bandana Bags at the Deltona Regional Library
    4 pm Monday, January 29
    Teens can learn how to sew a simple, but fashionable, bag from a bandana.

  • Old-fashioned Quilting Bee at the VIA Hall (126 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill)
    10 am to noon Friday, February 2
    Help us make a small quilt to raffle off for the Friends of the Library. We will provide all the materials. Sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.

  • Beaded Bookmarks at the Oak Hill Public Library
    5:30 pm Thursday, February 8
    Join us as an expert beader teaches us the ins and outs of beading a beautiful bookmark. All supplies will be provided.

  • Coloring @ the Library at the Deltona Regional Library
    1 pm Saturday, February 10
    Adults can relax and create as they color with country and western themes.

  • Crafting @ The Library at the Deltona Regional Library
    10 am Thursday, February 15
    Adults can make a craft with the theme, “Country Chic.”

  • Leather bracelet craft at the DeLand Regional Library
    1 pm Thursday, February 15
    Please join us for a crafty hour of creating and decorating leather bracelets. Registration is required; call 386-822-6430, ext. 20762.

  • Simply Crafting at the Edgewater Public Library
    10 am Friday, February 16
    Get inspired in this western adult craft program.All materials will be supplied, but space is limited. Giddyup and register online at volusialibrary.org.

  • Rope Coasters at the Ormond Beach Regional Library
    10 am Tuesday, February 20
    Join us as we craft a drink coaster out of rope and paint with our favorite Western scenes. All materials supplied, but space is limited. Register online at volusialibrary.org.

  • Feather Necklace Craft at the Oak Hill Public Library
    5:30 pm Thursday, February 22
    Families are invited to make feather necklaces. All supplies will be provided.

  • Dreamcatchers Craft at the DeBary Public Library
    10 am Friday, February 23
    In Native American lore, these woven nets would catch any bad dreams and release them when the sun rose. Join us as we learn to weave our own charms. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required; call 386-668-3835.

  • Paint Night at the Edgewater Public Library
    6 pm Tuesday, February 27
    Have you wanted to try painting, but are waiting for the right chance to get your bristles wet? Come to Edgewater Public Library for an adult paint night! There is no experience necessary! All materials are supplied, but space is limited. Please register online.

For Children and Teens

  • Root’nToot’nStorytimes! at the Deltona Regional Library
    • Toddler Time
      10 am Tuesday, January 30 (ages 1½ to 3)
    • La Hora del Cuento Bilingual Storytime
      11:30 am Tuesday, January 30 (Spanish, ages 0 to 5)
    • Pre-K Storytime
      10 am Wednesday, January 31 (ages 3 to 5)
    Little ones can join the NEA Big Read with these western-themed storytimes at the Deltona Regional Library.

  • Giddy-Up, Horsey at the DeBary Public Library
    10 am Wednesdays, January 31
    Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in this little readers storytime.

  • H is for Horse at the DeBary Public Library
    10:30 am Wednesdays, January 31
    Toddlers and preschoolers can make crafts and plan a horseshoe game.

  • Life-sized Oregon Trail at the Deltona Regional Library
    1:45 to 3 pm for grades K-5
    3 to 5 pm for grades 6-12
    Wednesday, January 31
    Kids and teens will experience the classic computer game in a life-size, tech-less format. Can your party survive the trail?

  • Make Your Own Mini Pioneer Wagon at the DeBary Public Library
    2:15 pm Wednesday, Jan 31
    This imagination station is designed for children in Grades K-5.

  • Ready to Learn Pre-K Storytime: "Cowboys and Cowgirls" at the Ormond Beach Regional Library
    11 am Thursday, February 1
    Children and their caregivers are invited to dress as cowboys, cowgirls or pioneers for this themed storytime. We will have Old West stories, music and western activities. Although books and activities focus on ages 3 to 5, all preschool kids are welcome.

  • Root'nToot'n Wiggle, Giggle, Groove at the Deltona Regional Library
    11:30 am Thursday, February 1
    Little ones can boogie in their best boots with fun western songs.

  • Westward Ho! Storytime at the Orange City Public Library
    3 pm Thursday, February 1
    Children can listen to tales of the Old West and make a clothespin horse.

  • Cowboys and Cowgirls Storytime at the Edgewater Public Library
    10 am Tuesday, February 6
    Children ages 3 to 5 can enjoy stories of the Old West.

  • Western Toddler Storytime at the Port Orange Regional Library
    10 am Tuesday, February 6
    Children ages 2 and 3 can take a trip to the Old West with songs, stories, movement activities and more.

  • After-School Story Time at the Oak Hill Public Library
    3:45 pm Tuesday, February 6
    Children ages 5 to 12 will read books and sing songs celebrating the great Native American heritage. They will also make a dreamcatcher craft and enjoy refreshments.

  • Fort Night: Build a Home on the Range at the Port Orange Regional Library
    5:30 pm Tuesday, February 6
    Bring the whole family to our Wild West range (aka our auditorium) and help us fill it with forts we build ourselves. All supplies will be provided.

  • At the Ranch with Cowboys and Cowgirls at the DeBary Public Library
    10 am Wednesday, February 7
    Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in this little readers storytime.

  • Clip Clop Storytime at the Edgewater Public Library
    10 am Wednesday, February 7
    Children up to age 3 can enjoy this storytime with a western flair!

  • Western Preschool Storytime at the Port Orange Regional Library
    10 am Wednesday, February 7
    Saddle up for a storytimewith a western theme! We’ll share songs, stories, movement activities and more that are performed for 3- to 5-year-olds.

  • Hat Craft and Paper Puppet Theatre Play at the DeBary Public Library
    10:30 am Wednesdays, February 7
    Toddlers and preschoolers can make a cowboy or cowgirl hat.

  • Wild West Homeschool Class at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
    11 am Wednesday, Feb 7, 14 and 21
    This historic journey features cowboys, pioneers and Native Americans as we time travel to the Old West. Create pioneer and Native American crafts and projects while reading and learning about this exciting period in our history. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910, option 4.

  • Cactus Sunset Art Project at the DeBary Public Library
    2:15 pm Wednesday, February 7
    Children in grades K-5 can take part in a cactus pet rock and cactus sponge science experiment.

  • Western Mother Goose Storytime at the Port Orange Regional Library
    9:45 am Thursday, February 8
    This western-theme storytime is ideal for lap babies and their caregivers.

  • The Old West Hoedown at the DeBary Public Library
    10:30 am Thursday, February 8
    Toddlers and preschoolers can wiggle, giggle and groove.

  • Western Tiny Tot Storytime at the Port Orange Regional Library
    10:30 am Thursday, February 8
    Cowboys and cowgirls are invited to this storytime for babies that are just beginning to walk up to 24 months and their caregivers.

  • Teen Thursday! at the Lake Helen Public Library
    4 pm Thursday, February 8
    Teens and ’tweens ages 11 to 18 will create string art masterpieces inspired by “True Grit.”

  • Blow Off STEAM! at the Lake Helen Public Library
    3 pm Monday, February 12
    Discover the wonderful world of STEAM with hands-on activities and crafts. This month’s activity is Covered Wagon Engineer Challenge. Children and teens ages 3 to 18 are invited.

  • Valentine Roundup at the DeBary Public Library
    10 am Wednesday, February 14
    Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in this little readers storytime.

  • I’m Stuck on You at the DeBary Public Library
    10:30 am Wednesday, February 14
    Toddlers and preschoolers can make a cactus craft and take part in a sandpaper tactile activity.

  • Build and Create: Western Edition at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm Wednesday, February 14
    Kids of all ages can join us for crafts and Lego building all themed around the Wild West.

  • Be My Valentine, Pardner at the DeBary Public Library
    2:15 pm Wednesday, February 14
    Children in grades K-5 will use vintage images to create Valentine cards during this Imagination Station.

  • Amazing Race: Pioneer Edition at the DeLand Regional Library
    3:30 pm Wednesday, February 14
    Pioneering teams race across the country completing good old-fashioned challenges. The team with the fastest horses wins! Teens and ’tweens are welcome.

  • Wild, Wild West Little Reader’s Storytime at the DeLand Regional Library
    10:30 am Thursday, February 15
    Little buckaroos can join us for our interactive storytime with stories of adventure in the Wild West. Leave your ponies at the door and come have fun! This program is for children ages 18 months to 5 years.

  • It’s a Western Crafternoon at the DeLand Regional Library
    3:30 pm Thursday, February 15
    Come make a cowboy vest and decorate it with western flair! All supplies will be provided. Youngsters ages 5 to 12 are welcome.

  • Bedtime Storytime at the Lake Helen Public Library
    5:30 pm Thursday, February 15
    Join us for western themed storybooks, magnetic stories, music and more. An activity sheet and coloring sheet will follow. All ages are welcome.

  • Little Readers Storytime at the Lake Helen Public Library
    10 am Friday, February 16
    Tikes ages 18 months to 5 years can join us for western themed storybooks, magnetic stories, music and more. A coloring sheet and activity sheet will follow.

  • Homeschool Group: Exploring the Wild West at the Port Orange Regional Library
    10 am Friday, February 16
    Learn and have fun with other homeschoolers in grades K-5 as we explore the history, nature and development of the Wild West through hands-on and exploratory activities.

  • Rip-Roarin’ Rodeo at the DeLand Regional Library
    3:30 pm Monday, February 19
    Youngsters ages 5 to 12 can make a wild pony, then ride it through our obstacle course! There will be challenges aplenty for the little buckaroos to try their hand at western events.

  • Preschool Storytime: The Wild, Wild West at the Oak Hill Public Library
    10:30 am Tuesday, February 20
    Preschoolers will make sheriff badges and take part in stories and songs about the history of cowboys and wranglers.

  • Little Readers Storytime: Moo Cow Kaboom! at the DeBary Public Library
    10 am Wednesday, February 21
    Join us for storybooks, flannel board rhymes, finger plays, music, bean bags and more.

  • Paper Plate Cow Craft at the DeBary Public Library
    10:30 am Wednesday, February 21
    Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in a cow fine-motor activity and cow spot counting.

  • Art Club: Western American Artists at the Port Orange Regional Library
    2 pm Wednesday, February 21
    Children in grades K-5 can join us for a special art club focused on artists who base their work on the American West. We’ll learn about the artists, explore their art techniques, and create our own art.

  • Building the Transcontinental Railroad at the DeBary Public Library
    2:15 pm Wednesday, February 21
    This Imagination Station program is for children in grades K-5.

  • Rodeo Relay at the Port Orange Regional Library
    3 to 5 pm Wednesday, February 21
    Teens and ’tweens ages 11 to 17 can join us for an afternoon of rodeo relays and crafts. Cowboy or cowgirl up to win the grand prize in rodeo event – the golden belt buckle! Everyone who attends can take a photo in our “Wanted Poster” photo booth!

  • Cowgirl and Cowboy Yoga at the DeBary Public Library
    10:30 am Thursday, February 22
    Toddlers and preschoolers can wiggle, giggle and groove.

  • Brick by Brick: Western Edition at the Port Orange Regional Library
    5:30 pm Monday, February 26
    Children of all ages and their families can complete a Wild West challenge using our Legos and Duplo blocks.

  • Cooking with Miss Florence at the DeBary Public Library
    2:15 pm Wednesday, February 28
    Children in grades K-5 can try some homemade chili.

  • Jim Sawgrass at the Port Orange Regional Library
    3 pm Wednesday, February 28
    Jim Sawgrass is a native Floridian and a member of the Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe. Sawgrass and his son, Cody Boettner, will describe Native American culture and heritage in the Southeast. Cody will perform his famous Native American hoop dance. This program is geared toward ages 11 to 17, but all ages are welcome.

Community Partners

  • 4-H Clubs, Volusia County
  • 95 and Vine Wine Shop, Port Orange
  • American String Teachers Association of Stetson University, DeLand
  • Arts Midwest
  • Boston Coffeehouse, DeLand
  • Chiles Academy, Daytona Beach
  • City of Oak Hill
  • County of Volusia
  • Cracker Creek, Port Orange
  • Crane Lakes, Port Orange
  • Daytona Beach Shores Book Club
  • Daytona State College
  • DeBary Hall Historic Site, DeBary
  • DeBary Public Library Association, Inc.
  • Deltona Art Club, Deltona
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach
  • Friends of Volusia County Public Library
  • Hope Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, New Smyrna Beach
  • The Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach
  • The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach
  • Museum of Arts & Science, Daytona Beach
  • National Endowment of the Arts
  • Panera Bread, Ormond Beach
  • Southeast Volusia Genealogical Society
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Sweet Marlays’ Coffee, Daytona Beach
  • The Stage at Thank You Five, Port Orange
  • Volusia County Beach Safety
  • Volusia County Community Information
  • Volusia County Environmental Management
  • Volusia County Schools
  • Wishworks Media, South Daytona



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