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A Report from the Field: Fresno, California

March 15, 2010
Fresno, California

A pioneer of The Big Read, California's Fresno County Public Library has hosted multiple Big Read projects since receiving a 2006 pilot phase grant to read, discuss, and celebrate Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. This time around, the library's tackling  Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Here's an update from Roberta Barton, the library's public information officer, on how Fahrenheit's faring in Fresno.

Here are a few photos from Fresno County's costume rehearsal of the theatrical staging of Fahrenheit 451 as adapted by Bradbury in the 1970s.  The performance is directed by S. Eric Day and presented by the California Public Theater and the Woodward Shakespeare Festival (WSF).  The festival has a longstanding partnership with the library to present reader's theater productions at our branches for all of our Big Reads.  In the off-Big Read season, WSF brings the Bard's works (of course!) to our branches.  Reader's theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in script form.  Set design is very mininal.  The actors read their lines aloud from the script and focus on reading with expressive gestures and voices.  Our patrons have turned out in impressive numbers to enjoy these performances.


Pictured in the photos are Luis Ramentas (right) as Chief Beatty, Matt Otstot (left) as Guy Montag, and Jessica Knotts as Mildred Montag. (Photo by J. Bedford Productions)

Luis is a producer at our local ABC-30 affililate (which is also our Big Read television sponsor), and Matt has also been a reporter for local television stations.  Luis produced our wonderful Big Read PSA last year too. (Photo by J. Bedford Productions)

Visit The Big Read calendar to learn more about Big Read activities taking place in Fresno and in other cities and towns across the country.



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