By Kevin Harvison
You don’t have to be in costume to read the Charles Portis classic Western novel “True Grit,” like McAlester Public Library circulation librarian Janice Saaranen, left and Library Assistant Ellen Barlow. But, you do have to dress in your best Western costume to be a part of the library’s big costume contest. It is set for the afternoon immediately following the noon re-enactment of the murder of Frank Ross, the event driving the plot of True Grit. Festival-goers who come dressed as their favorite character from “True Grit,” or dressed in the style of the 1800s, will be eligible to win prizes. Best Costume prizes will go to a male and female winner, age 13 and over; and a boy and girl winner, age 12 and under. Prizes include two $25 gift certificates from The Whistle Stop Bistro, copies of the movie “True Grit” starring John Wayne and Kim Darby, Western-themed toys and goody bags of candy. Later that evening, the library will sponsor the outdoor screening of the 1968 version of the movie, after a big chuck wagon feed. For more information on any Big Read programs, call the library at 918-426-0930.