Don’t miss the Book Art Display in the Greenhill Center of the Arts atrium co-sponsored by Studio 84 and the UW-Whitewater Art Department. The books were created in response to the theme of censorship in Fahrenheit 451 as a part of The Big Read.
Friday, Oct. 25, 12-2pm (doors open at 11:30am) AAUW Luncheon at Elkhorn Community Center (101 N. Wisconsin St.) with special guest Sam Weller - Weller will speak about his book The Bradbury Chronicles. All proceeds from this event will benefit the American Association of University Women Geneva Lakes Chapter scholarship fund. Tickets are $15 and include a lunch buffet. Please RSVP at (262)245-9268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Read Kickoff was held this year at Busy Barns Farm in Fort Atkinson, WI. The event took place on Saturday, September 21st and ran from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Our featured book was, of course, “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury. We were able to give away many free books and t-shirts to those who joined us for this fun-filled day. Since Guy Montag, the main character in F451, is a firefighter we had the Fort Atkinson Fire Department join us at the Kickoff. The firefighters let the kids try on a fireman’s uniform and even take a peek inside a real fire truck! Another feature of the Kickoff was celebrating our right to read with a display about “Banned Books.” This interactive display showcased classic novels and children’s books that have been banned or challenged in schools and libraries over the years and helped educate our visitors about the importance of exercising and celebrating our right to read! Overall, the Big Read Kickoff was a HUGE success and we look forward to our other upcoming Big Read events!
Check your local participating library for an upcoming Fahrenheit 451 book discussion!
Thursday, Oct. 24 at 3:30pm – Sam Weller speaks at Beloit Public Library (FREE event)
Sam Weller Keynote – Be sure to join us for a FREE event on Thursday, October 24, 6pm at Janesville Performing Arts Center! Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. His book The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury was a Los Angeles Times best seller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography. The companion book, Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Melville House/Stop Smiling Books in 2010. With Mort Castle, Weller co-edited the anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow Paperbacks, July 2012), winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly magazine. He has written for the Paris Review, the National Public Radio Program All Things Considered, and Slate magazine. His short fiction has appeared in numerous books and journals. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury. He has given over 250 talks around the world. He is currently working on a novel in the magical Bradbury tradition. Sam is an associate professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Friday, Oct. 25, 12-2pm (doors open at 11:30am) AAUW Luncheon at Elkhorn Community Center with special guest Sam Weller – Weller will speak about his book The Bradbury Chronicles. All proceeds from this event will benefit the American Association of University Women Geneva Lakes Chapter scholarship fund. Tickets are $15 and include a lunch buffet. Please RSVP at (262)245-9268 or email email@example.com.
Fri. Oct. 25, 5pm – Sam Weller speaks at Eager Free Library in Evansville (FREE event)
Visit the calendar page for details about these and other special events that will be held in the upcoming weeks!
We are all fired up for our 6th Big Read: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – Spark Reading! Please click on the page tabs above for current information about events, resources, participating libraries, etc. We will be adding new information to this site as it becomes available over the summer. Visit frequently for information about special events, participating libraries and free books and materials!
The Big Read Kick-Off is Only One Week Away! Join us on Sat. Sept. 21, 11am – 2pm, at Busy Barns Adventure Farm in Fort Atkinson (just off Hwy 12 between Fort and Cambridge). We’ll be giving away books, t-shirts and more! Story time is scheduled for 11:30am, and you can drop in any time during the event to make a Lego fire engine, view our interactive banned books display, enter a raffle to win free tickets to F451 on stage, and pick up free resources. Enjoy the farm activities while you’re there, and bring home some pumpkins, gourds and mums! Admission to the farm is $8 per person (under age 1 is free). We hope to see you there!
The Big Read T-Shirts for “Fahrenheit 451 – Spark Reading!” are in! We will be giving away over 100 T-shirts during the course of The Big Read. Attend an event for your opportunity to wear the flame!
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