The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Fahrenheit 451

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...
Washington, DC Winning writer Derrick Jones at the essay contest award ceremony with Tom Messner, NSU Broken Arrow Library Director, and Jennifer Kilgore, Muskogee High School Head Librarian. Photo courtesy of Northeastern State University As part of its Big Read celebration of Ray Bradbury's...
October 6 , 2009 Washington, DC Quinn McDonald is an Arizona artist-writer taking part in West Valley Arts Council's Big Read of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Several local artists were invited by the council to create altered books reflecting the novel's themes for display in local library...
September 21 , 2009 Canton, Illinois Spoon River College Foundation---a three-time Big Read grantee---is tackling Ray Bradbury's (eerily prescient) Fahrenheit 451 for its Big Read, which launched last week. Thanks to Jenny and Carol and Loren and all the folks in Canton for submitting these...
Sam Weller poses with his biography on Ray Bradbury during a visit to San Antonio Public Library's Big Read of Fahrenheit 451 this past February . Here's my not-so-secret literary crush Ray Bradbury on why we should read novels (from an interview with the NEA). Because we are trying to solve the...
August 5 , 2009 Washington, DC A display from San Antonio Public Library's Big Read of Fahrenheit 451. Not surprisingly, I'm not the only writer that has a huge crush on Ray Bradbury. The admirably prolific Alice Hoffman recently spoke on NPR's All Things Considered about the significant impact...
June 30, 2009 Washington, DC I admit it: I have a huge crush on Ray Bradbury. Not only is he a superfan of the public library system, but I hear he?s written a classic book or two (or nearly 100 and counting!), like Fahrenheit 451 , one of the four novels that helped us launch The Big Read back in...
June 8, 2009 Washington, DC Just a quick shout-out in honor of the recent launch of the Big Read Web site for the Biblioteca Alexandrina , one of our Egyptian partners for The Big Read Egypt/U.S. The site features discussion boards, the Reader's Guides for the three Big Read classics they're...
May 18, 2009 Chicago, IL Just a tweet-length IOU of a post today from Chicago, where I'll shortly don fireman's garb to celebrate Columbia College's Big Read of Fahrenheit 451 . The ingenuity on display here even since my arrival 20 minutes ago is really formidable, with the "I Wanna Write Like Ray...
April 17, 2009 Washington, DC If you value your right to check out a library copy of Fahrenheit 451 , or Huck Finn , or Bless Me, Ultima , you owe the late Judith Krug big-time. Krug, who died Saturday, led the fight against censorship for the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual...

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