Calendar of Events

True Grit Author Series

This year's Irving Reads partners hosts six author events that highlight the meaning of True Grit and explore the American West through the eyes of novelists and legendary characters. Book sales at each event will feature select titles of that author's works, and free copies of the author's Irving Reads title will be available in limited supply. A small quantity of True Grit by Charles Portis will be distributed at panel events.

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Imagination: a Visit with Author Erica Silverman
7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the West Irving Library

Join us as award winning author Erica Silverman shares stories about her books and the importance of fostering imagination. Limited number of her book Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa will be given away at the event. 

Not Your Father's Western Author Panel
3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the South Irving Library

Join us for a lively conversation of the many directions adult western novels are going in 2017. Panelists include Melissa Lenhardt (cozy western), Henry McLaughlin (western suspense), and Arianne "Tex" Thompson (fantasy-western fusion). A limited number of this year's selected title True Grit will be given out at the event.  

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Perseverance: a visit with Author Rae Carson
7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the South Irving Library

Young Adult author Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, Gold Seer Trilogy) meets fans and discusses her books. A limited number of Walk on Earth a Stranger will be given away at the event. 

Courage: a visit with author Kirby Larson
7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Valley Ranch Library

Meet Newbery Honor-Winning author Kirby Larson as she discusses her novels about life in Montana. A limited number of her novel Hattie Big Sky will be given away at the event. 

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Cowboys Never Quit: Western Author Panel
2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Valley Ranch Library

Join western authors Johnny Boggs (Return to Red River) and Clay Reynolds for an entertaining and insightful discussion of the western novel. A limited number of this year's selected title True Grit will be given away at the event.

Ingenuity: a visit with author Susan Stevens Crummel
2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the East Branch Library

Meet award-winning author Susan Stevens Crummel as she discusses her books, the western theme and the writing process. Limited number of Tumbleweed Stew / Sopa de Matojos will be given out at the event. 

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Adult & Teen Programs

Cultural Programs
Trivia on the Patio: Wild, Wild West -7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 @ West Irving Library
Craftworks: Lucky Horseshoes - 1 p.m. Oct. 6 @ West Irving Library
Irving Chautauqua presents Hoedown Square Dancing - 2 p.m. Oct. 14 @ South Irving Library
The Duke: a Tribute to John Wayne - 2 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library
Teen Western Showdown - 2 p.m. Oct. 21 @ West Irving Library
True Grit Movie Marathon - 1 p.m. Oct. 28 @ West Irving Library

Book Clubs
Girls Night Out BC discuss True Grit - 7 p.m. Oct. 2 @ Valley Ranch Library
Midweek Mysteries BC discuss Western Mysteries - 12 p.m. Oct. 4 @ South Irving Library
I "Heart" YA BC discuss True Grit - 7 p.m. Oct. 18 @ South Irving Library
Heritage Senior Center BC discuss True Grit - 7 p.m. Oct. 19 @ Heritage Senior Center
High Voltage BC discuss Walk on Earth a Stranger - 2 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library
Global Reads BC discuss True Grit - 2 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library


Children & Family Programs

Cultural Programs
Yipee Yay Cowgirl Museum - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 @ East Branch Library
Campfire Signalong and Stories - 7 p.m. Oct. 10 @ Valley Ranch Library
Pony Roundup Photos & Crafts - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 @ West Irving Library
Home on the Range Movie & Craft - 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 @ East Branch Library
Trunk or Treat & Haunted Ghost Town - 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 @ South Irving Library

Children's Book Clubs
Kids Only BC discuss Our Only May Amelia - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library
Chapter Books & Cozy Nooks discuss Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 @ South Irving Library

Storytimes - Are You a Horse? Puppet Show
Family Storytime - 7 p.m. Oct. 10 @ Valley Ranch Library
Preschool Storytime - 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 @ South Irving Library
Toddler Storytime - 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 @ South Irving Library
Family Storytime - 7 p.m. Oct. 19 @ West Irving Library
Preschool Storytime - 11 a.m. Oct. 20 @ West Irving Library
Family Storytime - 11 a.m. Oct. 31 @ East Branch Library