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Posted Sep 24th, 2007 by Rhonda  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Big Read Kickoff September 24 With Journalist P.J. O’Rourke

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library invites the community to The Big Read Kickoff with journalist and author P.J. O’Rourke scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 24 in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan Street. This event is free and open to the public.

The Library received a $20,000 nationally competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and an additional $20,000 contribution from the Toledo Community Foundation for The Big Read, an NEA initiative to address the national decline in literary reading. The local campaign encourages all citizens of Lucas County to read Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Mr. O’Rourke, who was reared in Toledo, is a national judge for The Big Read.

Meet Mr. O’Rourke at 6 p.m., followed by welcome remarks at 6:45 p.m. and a 7 p.m. presentation.

The book selected for Lucas County, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, centers around how children of a quiet southern
town in the 1930s learn how adults in their community, made up of different races, classes and temperaments, interact during times of crises.

Below is a copy of other important events surrounding The Big Read:

Meet Charles Shields, author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee at the locations listed below:

· September 25 – Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road, Maumee, 2 p.m.
· September 25 – Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Boulevard, 7 p.m.
· September 26 – West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Avenue, 2 p.m.
· September 26 – Owens Community College, (1-800-GO-OWENS), 7 p.m.

Special screenings of the Oscar®-winning film To Kill A Mockingbird:

· October 2 – Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant Street, Maumee, 7 p.m.
· October 7 – Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Highway, Rossford, 2 p.m.
· October 12 – Owens Community College, (1-800-GO-OWENS), 7 p.m.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Interpreters for the hearing impaired and special needs requests are available by calling 419.259.5266 at least one week in advance.

For more details, please call 419.259.5238.

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