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Special U.S. Constitution Event

At The Avid Reader and all around Davis!

This year once again there is a variety of events and displays all over our community planned to celebrate the 231th year of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. They are also designed to bring attention to the sixth Davis Constitution Essay Contest.

The Essay Contest offers four categories of eligibility based on age—elementary, junior high, high school and those nineteen and older residing in Davis.  The essays have a word limit of 500 words. Each category’s entries will be judged to select the top prize winner. Each of the four first prize winners will receive a $100 prize, be recognized at the City Council, read their essay at The Avid Reader the evening of Tuesday, October 16, and have their essay published in The Davis Enterprise.

Flyers on the rules of submission will be distributed to classes in the Davis Joint Unified School District studying the Constitution as well as other elementary and high school classes in Davis.

This year’s topic is “Choose a freedom you are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. How is it under attack and what can be done to protect it?”

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, October 12.

The dropoff for the essays is The Avid Reader, 617 2nd Street in downtown Davis.

The Contest is sponsored by The Davis Enterprise, The Avid Reader, and a Davis group interested in American history and facts about the U.S. Constitution, “We the People of Davis.” Additional businesses contributing to the event are Awards and More of Davis and Konditerei.

There will be a display on the Constitution at the Yolo County Public Library Friday, September 14 through Monday, September 24. There will also be a window display from Friday, September 14 through Friday, October 12 at The Avid Reader and Avid Reader Active on the theme of the Constitution.

At The Avid Reader, there will be a program open to the public at no charge on this year’s essay topic specifically on individual freedoms under assault scheduled for Monday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m..

There will also be a second program at the bookstore Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. The format will be a book discussion open to the community of the 2018 hardback by Joel Richard Paul entitled “Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and his Times.” Author Paul is a professor of constitutional and international law at the University of California Hastings Law School in San Francisco. The title is offered at 20% discount at The Avid Reader through Friday, October 12, the deadline for the essay contest.

Both of the above programs will be led by Luke Wake, Davis resident and senior staff attorney with National Federation of Independent Business.

There will be a Trivia Contest table at the Farmers Market two dates in September:  Wednesday, September 12th from 4:30p.m.-8p.m. and Saturday, September 15th from 9a.m.-1p.m. leading in to the anniversary of the 231th signing of the Constitution Monday, September 17. All Farmers Market attendees are encouraged to join in. There are different levels of difficulty in the questions. There will be small prizes for participating and answering the questions correctly.

In another downtown venue, before college gets under way, college students, young adults, and American history students of all ages will be challenged by questions on the Constitution devised by host of DeVere’s Trivia Night, Dr. Andy Jones, Monday, September 17, the 231st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. All are welcome to join a team planning to be on hand primed to answer all Constitutional questions posed that evening or form their own team for the occasion.

There will also be a Trivia Contest booth on American history and the U.S. Constitution present at the 7th annual International House Festival Sunday afternoon, October 7 at Central Park from noon until 5 p.m.. Representing America, it will be one among exhibits highlighting countries around the world.  There will also be culture tables, business tables, and nonprofit tables, along with music, dance, food, and arts and crafts.


Information on all these events and activities as well as the Constitution essay contest rules can be obtained through The Avid Reader website, www.avidreaderbooks.com, through flyers distributed through The Avid Reader, 617 2nd Street, or by calling (530) 219-8681.


Upcoming Events at The Avid Reader!



Special Davis ArtAbout Event: Artist Madison Steel

The Avid Reader is happy to annouce our participation in your Davis ArtAbout experience, with this month's featured artist Madison Steel.

Her lovely art will be on display throughout the month of September!


Bullies, Gangsters, and Dragons by M. Sydnor Jr. 

Friday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m.


Power Play - Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls (Book #2) by Beth McMullen

Saturday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m.


September Book Club Selection:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 24 at 7:30pm


The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett by R. Gregory Nokes

Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m.


The Dark Passage Series, Books 1 & 2:

The Dark Truth and The Dark Descent by Jerry Knaak

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 7:30pm


The Caribbean Prisoner by Scott Evans

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:30pm


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