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City libraries embrace ‘The Hobbit’

Reading-based activities planned to coincide with release of movie

Posted: November 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

J.R.R. Tolkien fans, take note: The Santa Clarita Public Library has three weeks of special programming that kicks off this week in conjunction with the upcoming release of the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia branches of the library and community partners will offer free workshops, movie screenings and literary discussions.

Speakers include noted Tolkien scholars Michael Ward, of Oxford University, and Cliff Broadway.

In addition, community members will have the opportunity at all events to win tickets to a private screening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” to be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Edwards Valencia Stadium 12.

To win movie tickets, library guests must participate in at least one activity, have a Santa Clarita Public Library card, and be 13 years or older.

Free Hobbit-themed events taking place in November and December include:

n Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Barnes and Noble will host a book discussion of “The Hobbit.”

n Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. Michael Ward of Oxford University will speak at the Valencia library branch as he explores the heroism of Bilbo Baggins in “Going for Gold in ‘The Hobbit’: The Heart of Tolkien’s Classic Tale.”

Ward is a senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford and is the author of “Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis,” and co-editor of “The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.”

n Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. The Old Town Newhall Library will screen the animated film “The Hobbit: The Original Unedited 1977 Version.”

n Monday, Dec. 3, Canyon Country, Old Town Newhall and Valencia libraries invite patrons to test their luck at guessing the total number of rings at the “One Ring” contest.

n Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Tolkien scholar Cliff Broadway will appear at the Canyon Country Library for a screening of the award-winning documentary “Ringers Lord of the Fans” followed by a discussion.

n Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Wednesday, Dec. 12, Canyon Country, Old Town Newhall and Valencia branches will host Hobbit scavenger hunts around Santa Clarita. Winners receive tickets to the Dec. 15 private screening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

n Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. College of the Canyons guest professors Thea Alvarado and Svetlana Lynch will host a discussion titled “Journey into Bilbo Hobbit’s Character, from Hobbit to Hero,” at the Old Town Newhall Library.

n Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:30–5:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country branch and Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Valencia Branch. Hobbit enthusiasts are invited to participate in a book-sharing discussion of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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