Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A letter from Ray Bradbury

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Burn, Baby, Burn--it begins.

Ray Bradbury's National Book Award-winning novel Fahrenheit 451 reveals in its first part, "The Hearth and the Salamander" several elements of a dystopian society: lack of individualism, government propaganda, re-written history and forced equality. The novel's protagonist Guy Montag, a third-generation fireman, begins to question the state of society after he meets a young girl who tells him the world used to be a different place. She awakens in him a realization of joy in life's simple pleasures--falling rain, a dandelion. He realizes how disconnected people are from each other, their thinking minds suffocated by a constant barrage of pleasureable distractions and media.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thank you sponsors!

The Fayetteville Public Library would like to thank the following sponsors of The Big Read:
Bikes, Blues and B.B.Q., The Bank of Fayetteville, Citiscapes Magazine, Northwest Arkansas Times and Y94.9! We would also like to thank the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation for providing a grant from the Shared Gift Fund. The grant from the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundaiton will be matched 1:1 by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Your support makes FPL a great library!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Get ready!

Fayetteville's Big Read will occur during National Library Week in April 2007. From April 14-21, 2007, the community will be immersed in Ray Bradbury's classic novel, Fahrenheit 451. A variety of activities geared to all areas—film screenings, music and drama performances, discussions, lectures, after-school activities, and old-fashioned, family fun—will demonstrate the power of reading. One programming highlight is “17 on the 17 th ”—on Tuesday, April 17 th, the library will host 17 book discussions in various locations around town. Discover the library in unexpected places!

Monday, February 19, 2007

FPL Receives Grant for Community-Wide Read

FAYETTEVILLE – The Fayetteville Public Library recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct a community-wide read of Fahrenheit 451 this spring.
The library will organize programs for all ages during April that relate to the themes of the classic novel by Ray Bradbury.

Fayetteville’s activities will include a series of events for adults, teens and children that relate to Fahrenheit 451. The events will culminate with “17 on the 17th,” which will coordinate 17 discussion groups in 17 places on one day.

“It is an extreme honor for the Fayetteville Public Library to be recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with this grant,” said Shawna Thorup, Assistant Director. “Community participation is vital to the success of this program, and we believe Fayetteville, which values education and reading, will be a great place for this to happen. We’ve already begun planning some amazing events that will get the community rallied around this book.”

The community-wide reading program, known as The Big Read, is a new national program from the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

The Fayetteville Public Library received $20,000 from the NEA. The Big Read grant was awarded to 72 libraries nationally. The Fayetteville Public Library received the largest funding available for its community size.
This event is part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.