Books, art, media literacy and football — my kind of week (today through Oct. 11)

October 5, 2009

This is my kind of week. For weeks I’ve been looking forward to the Big Read book festival in Clayton on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 10-11). This year, for the first time in a loooong time, I’ve actually read some of the books on the itinerary. I even know one of the local authors who’ll be speaking (who has a story in the upcoming  Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection), which makes me feel all warm and literary. There’s a big children’s corner with everyone from Circus Flora to the Fox 2 Gardening Club to the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis. It’s open the same hours as the festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it’s all free.

Saturday (Oct. 10) is also the unveiling of “The Awakening” in Chesterfield. The boys are going to think it’s so cool — a 70-foot-long and 17-foot-high sculpture of a man rising out of the ground … and the art lover in me loves that this second casting of the original work is finding a very public home in the St. Louis area.  Chesterfield Arts is hosting activities surrounding the 11 a.m. unveiling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Chesterfield. (Yes, wisecrackers, there is such a thing.)

Though it’s not exactly a kid-friendly convergence, I like the idea of Media Literacy Week (sponsored by Gateway Media Literacy Partners). Now that M. is of an age to watch commercial television more often and has started reading billboards, headlines and comics, we’re having recurring discussions about why products look so good in advertisements and how potentially misleading it is to judge an article by the headline (or photograph) accompanying it. Some places with child-related resources and info include: PBS Kids, the Media Awareness Network and Just Think, which has a long list of links on its homepage.

The final item on my “this will be a great week” list is Brett Favre. Not only is he playing on Monday Night Football against his old team the Packers in just a few hours, he’s coming to St. Louis on Sunday to take on the Rams.  And we have tickets. M. is psyched. S. would rather watch baseball.  But he hasn’t been to an NFL game yet, so I’ve prepared him a reading list of out-of-print DK Publishing board books: “NFL Colors,” NFL Touch and Feel,” “NFL ABCs” and “NFL 123.”  I stocked up when they came out a decade ago. It’s not quite on par with my “Two Cups of Tea” reading list, but I’m feeling warm and fuzzy notheless.

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