Centre County Reads begins 2018 program

STATE COLLEGE — This year’s Centre County Reads selection is Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, and the Centre County Reads Kick-off event on Saturday, Feb. 10 will be showing a lot of heart.

Centre County Library & Historical Museum in Bellefonte hosts the kick-off event, which is a Knit-a-Thon that will help warm the community! Visitors can join area knitting clubs to make scarves for Housing Transition, Inc. Materials are provided, and all ages and experience levels are welcome. The event is from noon to 3 p.m. A finger knitting class for tweens and teens will be held at 1 p.m.

Knitting and other fiber crafts have a long history with activism for social change. They have been used in the US, Canada, and England to warm heads of newborns, the homeless, and the elderly. Knitting has been used prominently in recent protest movements, including women’s marches and fighting racial injustice.

The event is just the first of several scheduled events for this year’s Centre County Reads program. Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist is the acclaimed debut novel written by State High and Penn State alum Sunil Yapa, who will visit March 21 at Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Cultural Center. Yapa’s novel weaves the story of the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests through a variety of perspectives.

Book discussion groups will be held throughout February and March at various locations. Also, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, a roundtable discussion on “What is Activist Literature?” will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Paterno Library’s Main Assembly Room.

The Center for American Literary Studies and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts are sponsoring The Art of Protest Writing and Art Contests. For complete rules and information on how to enter, visit centrecountyreads.org.

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