2014

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THE BIG READ 2014

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Calendar of Events:

Sat. Sept 21, 11am – 2pm – The Big Read Kick-Off at Busy Barns Adventure Farm(W7675 US Hwy 12 Fort Atkinson, WI 53538) –http://www.busybarnsfarm.com/explore/special_events.htmlJoin us for stories and arts and crafts projects; explore a real fire engine and equipment and then build your own Lego fire engine or fire station; pick up a free book and win tickets to see Aquila Theatre’s performance of Fahrenheit 451 at Young Auditorium; help yourself to Big Read materials and check out our interactive banned books display.  Admission to the farm is $8 per person (children under 1 are free) – farm hours are 10am to 6pm.  Each participating library will have four free tickets to the farm to give away prior to the event, so be on the lookout for the opportunity to win tickets at your local library!

Sat. Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. – Book Making Workshop at Studio 84 in Whitewater Celebrate our freedom to read in honor of Banned Books Week and The Big Read: Fahrenheit 451 – Spark Reading!  Learn to make your own book in a workshop sponsored by Studio 84 in collaboration with UW-Whitewater and The Young Auditorium.  All books will be eligible for exhibit during The Big Read in October. This workshop is designed to accommodate all skill levels and will teach several book-making methods.  Discussions on book banning with passages read from Fahrenheit 451 will help inspire topics and designs for your book.  All materials are included. Pre-registration with payment of five dollars per person is required. Fee will reserve your seat for one, two or all three dates. Registration forms and details are available online at http://www.studio84inc.org.

Mon. Sept. 23, all day – Spark Reading! A Free Book  Area libraries will display Big Read materials and distribute free copies of Fahrenheit 451 to patrons.  Participating libraries will host Big Read book discussions and events Sept. 23 – Nov. 4.  Check your local library for event dates/times.  For a list of participating libraries visit the “library partners” page on this blog.

Thurs. Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. – Edgerton Public Library hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion at Ray’s Restaurant (1102 N. Main St. Edgerton, WI 53534)

Sat. Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m. – Book Making Workshop at Studio 84 in Whitewater

Wed. Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. – Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (101 N. Wisconsin St. Elkhorn, WI 53121)

Thurs. Oct. 3, 12-1 p.m. Fahrenheit 451 book discussion at UW-W campus Andersen Library (2nd floor lounge) – open to all interested readers!  Visit the library cafe or bring your lunch.  You’ll receive a book, learn more about The Big Read events, and participate in discussion about the book’s themes.  Contact Shannon (dozoryss@uww.edu) to sign up prior to Oct. 3 to make sure we have enough books on hand!

Sat. Oct. 5, 1-3 p.m. – Book Making Workshop at Studio 84 in Whitewater

Mon. Oct. 7, 7 p.m. L&S Lecture Series presents “Clear and Present Safety: America Has Never Been Safer” – Michael Cohen (Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190) Michael Cohen is a writer and commentator on American politics and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America, as well as a columnist for the Guardian newspaper.  He served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the American Security Project and was chief speechwriter for Senator Chris Dodd.  Cohen is also an adjunct lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  This is a FREE event, general admission, tickets are not required.

Tues. Oct. 8 – Sat. Nov. 2 – Freedom to Read Book Art Exhibition at UW-W campus Greenhill Center of the Arts Atrium (930 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI)  Book Art inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 will be on display to the public and campus communities in the atrium during regular building hours.

Thurs. Oct. 10, 12-1 p.m. – Fahrenheit 451 book discussion at UW-W campus Andersen Library (2nd floor lounge) – open to all interested readers!  Visit the library cafe or bring your lunch. We’ll discuss section 1 “The Hearth and the Salamander”.

Thurs. Oct. 10, 1:00 p.m. – Dwight Foster Library in Fort Atkinson hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (209 Merchants Ave. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538)

Sat. Oct. 12, 10:00 a.m. – Eager Free Public Library in Evansville hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (39 W. Main St. Evansville, WI 53536)

Sun. Oct. 13, 2:00 p.m. – Beloit Public Library hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (605 Eclipse Blvd. Beloit, WI 53511)

Mon. Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. – Dwight Foster Library hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (209 Merchants Ave. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538)

Tues. Oct. 15, 7:30pm – Aquila Theatre’s Fahrenheit 451 (Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190) – Aquila Theatre will bring new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry.  Tickets are $19.50/$25.50/$29.50 – call 262-472-2222.

Thurs. Oct. 17, 12-1 p.m. – Fahrenheit 451 book discussion at UW-W campus Andersen Library (2nd floor lounge) – open to all interested readers!  Visit the library cafe or bring your lunch. We’ll discuss section 2 “The Sieve and the Sand”.

Sun. Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m. – Orfordville Public Library hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (203 W. Beloit St. Orfordville, WI 53576)

Thurs. Oct. 24, 12-1 p.m. – Fahrenheit 451 book discussion at UW-W campus Andersen Library (2nd floor lounge) – open to all interested readers!  Visit the library cafe or bring your lunch. We’ll discuss section 3 “Burning Bright”.

Thurs. Oct 24, 3:30 p.m. – Sam Weller, author of The Bradbury Chronicles, presents at Beloit Public Library (605 Eclipse Blvd. Beloit, WI 53511)

Thurs. Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. – Sam Weller, author of The Bradbury Chronicles, presents at Janesville Performing Arts Center (408 S. Main St. Janesville, WI 53545)

Thurs. Oct. 24, 6:00 p.m. – Watertown Public Library hosts Fahrenheit 451 book discussion (100 S. Water St. Watertown, WI 53098)

Fri. Oct. 25, 5:00 p.m. – Sam Weller, author of The Bradbury Chronicles, presents at Eager Free Public Library (39 W. Main St. Evansville, WI 53536)

Thurs. Nov. 7, 7:30pm – It Gets Better! Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190) – A six member cast of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will engage our community in an informative and inspiring week-long residency that culminates in this unique musical production.  Drawing upon themes that respond to the issues of censorship, oppression and bullying, It Gets Better!will invite you to think, engage, and take action!  This is a FREE EVENT, but tickets are required – call 262-472-2222.

GALLERY

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