The Essex Library Selects Mockingbird for Fourth Town-Wide Reading Event

March 14, 2007


Throughout the month of April, the Essex Library will host “Essex Reads”, the town’s fourth annual one book, one community reading initiative. Essex Reads is a town-wide reading and discussion program that encourages all our residents to read the same book at the same time to create a town-wide book club. For the 2007 Essex Reads, the book selected is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.

All community members are invited to join their neighbors and friends for special events throughout the month of April.

Some scheduled events include:

· Kick-off– Film showing, Sunday, April 1st at 4pm

The library will show the acclaimed film version of the novel. Gregory Peck stars as attorney Atticus Finch, the distinguished lawyer in a small Southern town who chooses to defend a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. His compassion and courage in the face of the town’s unjust rage teach his children the meaning of social conscience.

· Guest lecturer presentation – Sunday, April 15th at 4pm

Rose Quiello, PhD, lecturer at Albertus Magnus College, will offer insights about the novel and about the life of Harper Lee. Dr. Quiello is a regular guest and contributor to Faith Middleton’s Book Show on NPR, and is the moderator for the R. J. Julia Book Store Book Club.

· Sunday, May 6 at 4pm. Town-wide Book Discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird

All participants are invited to join their neighbors for an exciting and informative discussion of the novel.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ivoryton Library. All programs are free and open to the public but seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please call the Essex Library at 860 767-1560 or the Ivoryton Library at 767-1252.

Copies of the book are available to be borrowed at both the Essex and Ivoryton Libraries. Drop in soon to get your copy.

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