The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Fahrenheit 451

A stack of books. Photo by Jamie McCrary The mission of the Big Read is not only to get people reading, but to educate. We want readers to think about, question, and examine what they’re reading! I believe that a good book opens the mind, teaching readers new cultures, ideas, and ways of thinking...
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Ray Bradbury , recipient of the National Medal of Arts and one of the inaugural authors featured in our Big Read program. With his boundless imagination and creativity, Bradbury inspired...
Cover Art from RAY BRADBURY’S FAHRENHEIT 451: THE AUTHORIZED ADAPTATION, artwork by Tim Hamilton. Text copyright © 1953, renewed 1981 by Ray Bradbury. Artwork copyright © 2009 by Tim Hamilton. Reprinted by permission of Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. CAUTION: Users are...
Libraries are Creepy by flickr user Paul Lowry Although reading itself is a solitary pursuit, the love of reading manifests itself in innumerable social ways. We like to discuss particulars of plot or character, and we’ll push our favorite books on anyone and everyone. We like to lend and borrow,...
By Adam Kampe Book cover used with permission of Del Rey/The Random House Ballantine Publishing Group Did you know that Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in nine days? Don't believe me? Alright, but I have no reason to fib. Hear Ray tell the story in under 20 seconds. [audio: http://bigreadblog...
Washington, DC "First Dusting" by David Hoffman via Flickr You've finished all of the selections in the Big Read library---now what? Well, if you're like me, then you'll search out other titles by the authors that you've come to know after weeks of reading, discussing, and celebrating. Here are...
Moline, Illinois You can't miss The Big Read at Moline Public Library! Photo courtesy of Moline Public Library One of the original Big Read book selections, Fahrenheit 451 continues to be a popular choice for communities around the country. Lisa Williams, Adult Services Coordinator for Moline...
Washington, DC During one of the very first Big Reads on Fahrenheit 451 , Ray Bradbury himself "beamed in" to join a (filled-to-the-rafters) book discussion. Photo courtesy of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts/Florida Center for the Book Big Read Today in the TimesOnline , award-winning...
Washington, DC Congratulations to three-time Big Read grantee, University of Massachusetts Boston?s public radio station WUMB, the recipient of a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WUMB was recognized for its work encouraging Boston residents to get...
March 26 Hagerstown, Maryland Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown Librarian Mary Stevanus, who initiated participation in The Big Read, with inmates Michael Zemanick, Paul Coleman, and Michael Ringgold at the March 1 Big Read kick-off. Photo by Mark Vernarelli Maryland Correctional...

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