‘Pop Culture Clash’ contest opens 2015 Great Read program

So you think you’re a “Star Wars” Jedi? A “Harry Potter” wizard?

Fans of the most famous, influential and revered pop phenomena are invited to team up and compete in the “Pop Culture Clash,” trivia contest at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Joliet Barnes and Noble store, 2621 Plainfield Road (across from Louis Joliet Mall).

The “Pop Culture Clash” will highlight the Opening Gala of the 2015 Great Read community literacy program, which will focus on the tremendous impact of pop culture on society.

The 2015 Great Read is presented by a consortium of Plainfield-area public and private organizations to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community in the greater Plainfield area.

Community members are encouraged to read books about pop culture and participate in the many 2015 Great Read-related programs slated through May. (Suggested books and a listing of events are posted on the Great Read web site: http://ww2.psd202.org/greatread )

Programs will highlight pop culture topics from movies to books to television; music to the media, food to fashion (and everything in between) that uniquely impacted society through mass communications – whether short-lived like pet rocks, or long-lasting like the Beatles.

The “Pop Culture Clash” will feature teams grouped in a bracket-tiered system which will answer trivia questions about their favorite pop culture sub-genre. For example, “Star Wars” fans will answer questions about “Star Wars,” while “Star Trek” fans do the same about “Star Trek.”

Individuals may also register, and will be assigned to teams of like interest.

The team with the most correct answers advances to the next round. Each member of the last team standing will win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Individuals and teams can register for the Pop Culture Clash on the front page of the Great Read web site: http://ww2.psd202.org/greatread. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.

History

The Great Read began in September 2004 as Reading Across Plainfield. That year, a panel hosted by the Plainfield School District and Plainfield Public Library debated the theme of government censorship as illustrated in Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s science fiction classic.

In 2008, Reading Across Plainfield became The Great Read, and new partners from Joliet and Bolingbrook joined the program to encourage broader community participation, better reflect the areas served and emphasize the program’s literary focus.

This year, The Great Read is proud to add the Lemont Public Library as its newest member.

The Great Read is proudly presented by Plainfield School District 202; the Plainfield Public Library; the Joliet Public Library; the Fountaindale Public Library; the Lemont Public Library; the Shorewood-Troy Public Library; the White Oak Library District; Joliet Junior College; Plainfield Township; the Joliet-area Barnes & Noble store; and Voyager Media.

The Great Read is also supported by generous grants from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence; the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library; and additional funding from participating member organizations.

Special Events

In addition to the Opening Gala, The Great Read 2015 will also include a long list of fun, educational and exciting programs, activities, book talks and live performances exploring and celebrating the impact of pop culture.

The Great Read Closing Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff, Bolingbrook. In his one-man show, “From Fad to Forever,” singer, actor and comedian Skip Griparis will explore and recreate rock-and-roll’s innovators, from pre-Elvis to the Beatles and beyond.

Visit The Great Read website for a complete list of books, events and program information. http://ww2.psd202.org/greatread.

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