Celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th birthday with the library district

Join Hood River County Library District for a week of events celebrating one of the world's most beloved authors. Charles Dickens wrote the timeless classics “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” and “Great Expectations.” Characters such as Scrooge, Pip, Tiny Tim, and the Artful Dodger have captured hearts for generations. The library district is honoring these great literary contributions with a party, movie screening, book discussion, gala holiday ball, and more.

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago on Feb. 7, 1812. He penned many classic Victorian-era works that have transcended time and culture, having been adapted and transformed hundreds of time. This year has seen many celebrations of this amazing man.

Hood River County Library District is honoring Dickens in many ways, culminating in a gala holiday ball inspired by Mr. Fezziwig's ball in “A Christmas Carol.”

Kick-off Birthday Party

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5-7 p.m., Hood River Library atrium.

Wish a happy 200th birthday to Dickens and enjoy a piece of birthday cake as you help decorate our holiday tree. Don't be surprised if you find yourself saying, "Please, Sir. I want some more."

Movie Night: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hood River Library Meeting Room. Bring the family for popcorn and a movie! The Muppet Christmas Carol tells the classic tale of Scrooge's transformation from bitter miser to big hearted saint all on a Christmas Eve.

Book Discussion: A Christmas Carol

Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hood River Library Reading Room. Dickens is often referred to as "The man who invented Christmas" and his timeless tale “A Christmas Carol,” is one of his best-loved and well-known stories. The talented Glenn Harris will be leading our discussion. Light refreshments will be served as we investigate this tale of hope and redemption.

Mr. Fezziwig's Holiday Ball

Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Inspired by the character in “A Christmas Carol,” Mr. Fezziwig's Holiday Ball is joyous Dickensian revelry for the whole family. Enjoy food, music by Linda McAllister and friends, theater and dancing as we toast this beloved author's contribution to the literary world. Come dressed as your favorite Dickens character. Prizes awarded to one adult and one child for best costume.

Story contest

Teens can also join the fun in a special way by participating in a short story contest. Write a story about a character Artful Dodger, Buddy, Noddy Boffin, Pip, Matthew Pocket, Estella, Uriah Heep, or Fanny Squeers. Short stories must be at least a page long and should be turned in at the Cascade Locks, Hood River, or Parkdale libraries by Saturday, Nov. 24, by 6 p.m. The winning stories will get Dutch Bros. gift certificates.

These many Dickens events are all free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriver library.org, or visit their website at http://hoodriver library.org.

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