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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:09

Big Read grant hopes to spark love of reading

Written by  CSI Media news staff
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation was one of 72 organizations that helped take The Big Read nationwide in 2007. Louisvillians read, discussed and celebrated Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God." This year’s Big Read kicks off Sept. 21. Shannon Dozoryst, this year’s Big Read program coordinator for Whitewater’s Young Auditorium, is excited about the event and said, "We are all fired up for our sixth Big Read: Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ – Spark Reading." Check it out at www.youngauditorium.wordpress.com. Louisville Free Public Library Foundation was one of 72 organizations that helped take The Big Read nationwide in 2007. Louisvillians read, discussed and celebrated Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God." This year’s Big Read kicks off Sept. 21. Shannon Dozoryst, this year’s Big Read program coordinator for Whitewater’s Young Auditorium, is excited about the event and said, "We are all fired up for our sixth Big Read: Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ – Spark Reading." Check it out at www.youngauditorium.wordpress.com. Photo courtesy Louisville Free Public Library Foundation

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium today announced that it has received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

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Young Auditorium is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read in Rock/Walworth/ Jefferson Counties will focus on "Fahrenheit 451," authored by Ray Bradbury in 1953.

The book opens with the main character Guy Montag’s confused reality after a night of book burning. The book’s emphasis on book banning and societal censorship meant that "Fahrenheit 451" itself was a banned book.

Big Read program coordinator Shannon Dozoryst said, "We are all fired up for our sixth Big Read: Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ -- Spark Reading!"

Participating libraries include East Troy, Elkhorn, Fontana, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Lake Geneva, Palmyra and Whitewater. New events will be added throughout the year. Call to confirm times and admission fees if applicable. Confirmed events include:

• Big Read kick-off event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, at Busy Barns Adventure Farm, W7675 U.S. Highway 12 in Fort Atkinson.

• Book making workshop, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, with discussion of "Fahrenheit 451" to inspire topics and designs. Register at Studio 84 in Whitewater, www.studio84inc.org.

• Spark Reading! free books at participating libraries, Sept. 23.

• "Fahrenheit 451" book discussion, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn.

• "Fahrenheit 451" book discussion at UW-W Andersen Library, noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, open to the public. Register with Shannon at (262)472-1432.

• Lecture Series:"Clear and Present Safety: America Has Never Been Safer," Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., by Michael Cohen at Young Auditorium. Free event.

  Freedom to Read Book Art Exhibition, Oct. 8 through Nov. 2, at UW-W campus Greenhill Center of the Arts atrium, 930 W. Main St., Whitewater. Book art inspired by "Fahrenheit 451" will be on display.

• Aquila Theatre’s production of "Fahrenheit 451,"7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Young Auditorium. Tickets at (262) 472-2222 or visit www.uww.edu/youngauditorium

For more information, go to www.youngauditorium.wordpress.com.

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