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The Big Read January 22, 2007

Posted by apenningster in FYI.
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from http://bigread.wustl.edu/

Welcome to The Big Read

Washington University, in partnership with three local governments, library districts, school districts, arts and literacy organizations, and KTVI-Fox 2, is producing a multi-disciplinary program called The Big Read in February 2007.

Modeled on successful “city read” programs, The Big Read is a national program designed to encourage literary reading by helping communities come together to read and discuss a single book. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest (http://www.neabigread.org).

Lectures, readings, art exhibitions, theater productions, book discussion groups and film festivals will be held in a variety of locations throughout St. Louis, all featuring the themes of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Programs will focus on censorship and the repression of knowledge and will examine the role of the book, the printed word and literacy as essential ingredients in the development of citizens who are engaged in their communities and in the pursuit of learning.

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This is very cool! But, I’m a little perplexed at the lack of involvement of the Libraries at Wash U… Local public libraries are certainly involved – I checked the catalog of the Richmond Heights Library (part of the Municipal Library Consortium of St Louis) and found many copies of Fahrenheit 451 on order or being cataloged for the consortium in preparation for this program. Wash U’s catalog, however, does not show a bunch of copies on order, though we already had a few copies, and I do see a few personal copies on reserve. Weird. Anyway, find more information about the program at http://bigread.wustl.edu/ – I hope everyone gets involved!

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1. apenningster - January 22, 2007

Just receieved a publicity e-mail from Wash U Libraries that highlights the library’s involvement in this… Helps clarify things a little.

The Libraries are supporting the Big Read effort by:

1) Making paperback copies of the book available for check-out for a period of two weeks. These can be requested at the circulation desk in Olin Library starting today. Copies are also available for purchase at the bookstore.

2) Making copies of an audio CD of radio programs about Fahrenheit 451 available for two-week check-out. These too are available at the Olin Library circulation desk.

3) Providing study guides and calendars of events at the circulation desk, the café, and in the literature racks. These will be available as long as supplies last.

4) Providing bookmarks at the circulation desk.

5) Making Fahrenheit 451 lapel buttons available to circulation or reference staff who may wish to wear them during the program period. (If you want a button, check with Rudolph Clay.)

6) Displaying related items in the café exhibit cube.


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