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Poughkeepsie Public Library District


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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

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Kick-Off with 'Bradbury Chronicles' Author

Sam Weller, authorized biographer for Ray Bradbury, brings rich insight and personal stories about the author to our Big Read Kick-Off event for 2014. Weller is himself a respected author, a frequent lecturer, and teaches at Columbia College in Chicago. Weller's three books on Bradbury will be available for purchase.

Event Location: 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Sun, Oct 5, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

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Time in a Bottle

Kids in grades K - 5 discuss what significant markers could best describe their world to someone in the future. Then participants will put their vision of 'today' into a time capsule.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Fahrenheit 451: Collage Workshop

In this workshop, led by Mill Street Loft Artist Christine Livesey, teens will create a mixed media collage based on imagery from the classic book Fahrenheit 451. The group will read passages form the book and look at the illustrations of artist Eric Carle and use his unique collage style as inspiration. Students will choose a theme or character from Fahrenheit 451 and create an original illustration.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Art of Burning

Artist Rebecca C. Strauss explains the way fire, smoke, and paper shape her creative process. She will be joined by artist John Breiner to lead a tour of the Rotunda Gallery's Big Read Art Exhibit. Rebecca Strauss creates collage/quilts with paper that she has slightly burned. John Breiner paints and prints on book end papers, a process inspired by his reading of Fahrenheit 451. Their joint show runs through October 25.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Flaming Book Cinemagraph

Teens and tweens engage in a creative program inspired by Fahrenheit 451. Each student selects a book to feature in the creation of a moving cinemagraph of a burning book.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Cyber-Bullying Prevention

Youth today meet all sorts of individuals on social media, not all of them friendly. This program will help teens and parents banish the bullies from their cyber-world.

Event Location: LaGrange Association Library, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Movie Night at Morton Hall

George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984, was adapted to film in 1984. The public is welcome to join a screening and discussion of this British adaptation.

Event Location: Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff, NY 12574

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Examining Truffaut's Adaptation

Dutchess Community College/SUNY Professor John Desmond gives a short tutorial on adaptation of books into film, then examines the 1966 adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 created by French Director Francois Truffaut.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Big Read Matinee - Storm Center

Our Big Read Matinee series highlights in film a different theme from Fahrenheit 451 each week. In the 1954 film Storm Center we meet a small town librarian facing challenges to the library's collection from a portion of the town governing board. The movie stars Bette Davis.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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Saving Texts - Book Repair 101

A book preservation workshop presented by experienced book repair volunteers. Fascinating tips on how to preserve and repair those much-loved tomes!

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park , NY 12538

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Big Read Book Discussion

This regular meeting of the Vassar Temple Sisterhood Book Club is open to interested Big Read participants. Discussion will focus on Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Collegeview Tower, 141 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Lego Mania - Fire Trucks!

Kids ages 8 - 13 can build Lego fire trucks together. Lego creations will be displayed through November 2.

Event Location: Highland Public Library, 30 Church Street, Highland, NY 12528

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Tomorrow's News Landscape

Stuart Shinske, Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, speaks on the enormous changes happening in journalism today. What is the future of print news? How does technology help, and hurt, the collection and dissemination of serious news?

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Bradbury Movie Series

This movie series highlights films that are in some way related to Ray Bradbury's work. Tonight, screen and discuss the 1953 movie It Came from Outer Space.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

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Build a Fahrenheit 451 Mural

Working together, teens paint a mural highlighting literature mentioned in Fahrenheit 451 and favorite books of their own.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Big Read Night on the Town

What could be better than dinner and a movie?! Local restaurants in downtown Poughkeepsie offer Big Read Specials from 5 to 6:30 pm. Then the Bardavon offers a pre-show concert on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ, starting at 7 pm. At 7:30 pm, the Baradvon screens the 1966 Francois Truffaut film based on Bradbury's book, Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

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Burnt Pages Nail Art

Youth transform their fingertips with burnt book pages and polish. For teens and tweens, ages 11 and older.

Event Location: LaGrange Association Library, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Lego Night - Fire Trucks and Fire Stations

Kids of all ages are welcome to build realistic and futuristic fire trucks and fire houses.

Event Location: Staatsburg Library, 70 Old Post Road, Staatsburgh, NY 12580

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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American Girl Doll Club

Discuss the adventures and courage of Caroline Abbott, a girl acquainted with challenging situations, life-changing fire, and standing up for what is right. For girls ages 7 - 13.

Event Location: Grinnell Public Library, 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Date: Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Ignite Your Dreams

Author Dr. Andy Rose presents a practical blueprint for those dreaming of writing their own book. 'How to' conceive, plan, write, publish, and market your book!

Event Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Reflections on The Book Thief

Teens and tweens gather to discuss the Little Read book selection, Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library , 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Spackenkill Readers Discuss Fahrenheit 451

This regular meeting of the Spackenkill Readers is open to anyone interested in discussing this year's Big Read book. Order up some appetizers and join the fun!

Event Location: Coyote Grill, 2629 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Little R.E.A.D. Book Discussion

Kids in grades K through 5 join in discussion about their favorite books. And since the setting is R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat And Discuss) light refreshments will be provided!

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Lego Night - Fire Safety Vehicles

Kids ages 6 - 12 can have a blast creating fire safety vehicles, and can take their Lego creations home at the end of the evening.

Event Location: Pleasant Valley Free Library, 1584 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Teen and Tween R.E.A.D. Book Discussion

Teens and tweens gather to Read, Eat, And Discuss their favorite books. Light refreshments provided.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Dangerous Expressions: Fahrenheit 451 and the Fear of Ideas

Marist College professors and Museum staff present a panel discussion on the history of censorship in the arts and society.

Event Location: FDR Presidential Library & Museum, Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Big Read Book Discussion

Join an open discussion of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Pleasant Valley Free Library, 1584 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Big Read Matinee - 1984

Our Big Read Matinee series highlights in film a different theme from Fahrenheit 451 each week. Today we examine a dystopian future where a controlling government monitors and restricts the population. George Orwell's classic novel 1984 is brought to the big screen.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Art of Printing in Renaissance Germany

Explore the artistic vitality of the cities of Augsburg and Nuremberg, which were the centers of innovation in book and print production during the Renaissance. Patricia Phagan, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Center, and Ronald D. Patkus, Head of Special Collections for the Vassar College Libraries, lead a guided tour of rare masterpieces from the 1470s through the 1540s on view this fall at Vassar.

Event Location: Vassar College/Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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Dramatic Reading of Fahrenheit 451

Voice actor Angela Henry reads selected portions of Bradbury's novel.

Event Location: St. Margaret's Church, Old Post Road & East Elm Avenue, Staatsburg, NY 12580

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Movie Screening - Fahrenheit 451

Enjoy some light refreshments while watching the 1966 movie version of Fahrenheit 451. Discussion will follow.

Event Location: Marlboro Free Library, 1252 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Teen Quiz Night - The Hunger Games Series

Teen Read Week and The Big Read meet in this trivia battle based on the popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

Event Location: LaGrange Association Library, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury Movie Series

This movie series highlights films that are in some way related to Ray Bradbury's work. Tonight, screen and discuss the 1953 movie The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Staged Reading of Fahrenheit 451

4th Wall Productions presents the stage version of Fahrenheit 451 in dramatic reading format. Tickets available for $5.00

Event Location: The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Staged Reading of Fahrenheit 451

4th Wall Productions presents the stage version of Fahrenheit 451 in dramatic reading format. Tickets available for $5.00

Event Location: The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 and the Bible in Literature

SUNY New Paltz Professor Christopher Link walks us through an examination of The Bible in Literature, with a special emphasis on Fahrenheit 451. Why did Montag choose Ecclesiastes to memorize? Why does ripping pages from the Bible galvanize Professor Faber into action? What does Bradbury imply in the final biblical quote about the tree of life?

Event Location: 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Sun, Oct 19, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Staged Reading of Fahrenheit 451

4th Wall Productions presents the stage version of Fahrenheit 451 in dramatic reading format. Tickets available for $5.00

Event Location: The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Sun, Oct 19, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Workshop - Little Readers Write

Kids in grades K - 5 explore what makes an awesome story and then build a new story together.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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La Censura de 451 de Bradbury, a la Censura de los Immigrantes en Estados Unidos

Inspired by Fahrenheit 451 and personal observation, Andres Martinez de Velasco and Mariel Fiori discuss both explicit and indirect censorship in literature and mainstream media. In Spanish and English.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Big Read Book Discussion

Readers get to the heart of Fahrenheit 451 in this open book discussion.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Workshop - How to Tell a Spooky Story

Kids in grades 3 - 5 learn from master storyteller Jonathan Kruk just what it takes to get an audience to listen...and jump!

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Movie Screening - Fahrenheit 451

Enjoy free popcorn as we watch the 1966 film adaptation of Bradbury's classic novel.

Event Location: Pleasant Valley Free Library, 1584 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Steampunk Altered Books

A creative workshop for teens and tweens altering old and discarded books.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Book Discussion

An open discussion of Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Staatsburg Library, 70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Concert - Censored Music of the Past

Stephen Pietrowski directs Beacon High School jazz musicians and guest artists in this concert of jazz music once considered inflammatory and too risque for public consumption.

Event Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

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Friends Book Club Discussion

Adults 18 and older are invited to this open discussion of Fahrenheit 451 led by the Friends of the Highland Public Library.

Event Location: Highland Public Library, 30 Church Street, Highland, NY 12528

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Book Discussion

Gain new insights into Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 at this open discussion. Light refreshments served.

Event Location: LaGrange Association Library, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Readers Rendezvous Book Club

This regular meeting of the Readers Rendezvous Book Club is open to readers interested in discussing Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Grinnell Public Library, 2642 Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Friends Book Discussion

C. Ryan Kinlaw, of the Friends of Poughkeepsie Public Library District, leads the discussion, exploring some of the psychological themes in Bradbury's disturbing Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Book Discussion

Join a lively dissection of Bradbury's work with the Fulton Avenue Book Club.

Event Location: Collegeview Tower, 141 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Movie Screening - Fahrenheit 451

Light refreshments served at this screening of the 1966 version of Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: LaGrange Association Library, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Matinee - Network

Our Big Read Matinee series highlights in film a different theme from Fahrenheit 451 each week. In the 1950s Ray Bradbury was very concerned about the negative impact that television would have on American culture and family life, a message he incorporated into Fahrenheit 451. Today's film, Network, was produced in 1976 and is a scathing portrayal of television network news.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Book Discussion

Examine Bradbury's famous book together.

Event Location: Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Workshop - Creating Hand-Stitched Journals

A creative, hands-on workshop where each participant builds their own hand-stitched journal. Led by artist Amina Chaudhri.

Event Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Save a Book Discussion

Talk with others about the books we would save if books were endangered. The discussion will result in a 'save a book' display. For adults 18 and older.

Event Location: Highland Public Library, 30 Church Street, Highland, NY 12528

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Book Discussion

Readers get to the heart of Fahrenheit 451 in this open book discussion.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Altered Books Workshop

Teens and tweens redesign a discarded book with paint, quotes and pictures from other favorite books.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury Movie Series

This movie series highlights films that are in some way related to Ray Bradbury's work. Tonight, screen and discuss the 1956 movie Moby Dick. Bradbury wrote the screenplay and John Huston directed.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Creating Blackout Poetry

Visual art and the written word collide in this poetry form created by redacting words from ordinary texts. Artist and poet Bill Joel leads this creative workshop for teens and adults.

Event Location: Staatsburg Public Library, 70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Movie Night

Screen and discuss the 1966 movie version of Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Screening of The Book Thief

Enjoy a presentation of the recent film adaptation of Markus Zusak's book The Book Thief.

Event Location: Vassar-Warner Residence, 52 S. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

"Reading Fear" Literary Salon

An evening of short readings on the theme of fear, accompanied by wine, desserts, and mingling. Attendees are welcome to bring selections to read aloud. Portions of works written by the Hudson Valley Writers' Workshop and Green Haven Correctional Facility Writers' Group will be highlighted. For adults.

Event Location: Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Launches A Genre

Marist College English Professor Angela Laflen examines Bradbury's use of technology in Fahrenheit 451 and the impact this work had in shaping the science fiction genre.

Event Location: 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Hooray for Heroes!

Kids in grades K - 5 will explore the notion of 'heroes'. What is a Hero? Who is a Hero? Can you eat a Hero? Can you be a Hero?

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Discussion of Favorite Books

Join the senior residents at Vassar-Warner in a discussion of favorite books, ones that have brought us joy, helped us grow, took us travelling to parts unknown, or opened our minds and hearts to new ways of living. The residents will also create art for a display based on their favorite books.

Event Location: Vassar-Warner Residence, 52 S. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Scholar-led Book Discussion

Dr. James Cotter, Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, leads the discussion of Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

A Spark of Happiness

Early in Fahrenheit 451, Clarrise asks Montag "Are you happy?" This simple question starts Montag on a search for truth and meaning...and who among us isn't on a similar journey? Big Read Coordinator Jewel Ratzlaff leads a discussion of the theme of happiness throughout Fahrenheit 451.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

A Community Conversation - For the Love of Books

WAMC Public Radio listeners across the northeast are well-acquainted with radio personality Joe Donahue. Joe hosts the weekday morning show 'The Roundtable' and the weekly 'Book Show' on WAMC. He reads voraciously in preparation for his many interviews with authors. Joe will speak about his love of books and share personal highlights from his many author interviews.

Event Location: FDR Presidential Library & Museum, Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Matinee - Finding Forrester

Our Big Read Matinee series highlights in film a different theme from Fahrenheit 451 each week. In Finding Forrester, a 2000 hit movie, a talented young writer seeks direction from a gifted but reclusive older author. The film stars Sean Connery, Rob Brown and F. Murray Abraham.

Event Location: 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Debate - Bradbury's Burning Question: Is Censorship Ever Appropriate?

Fahrenheit 451 raises many questions about censorship. Marist College's School of Liberal Arts hosts local high school students for a debate/trial on book censorship. Students will be invited to prepare a 2 - 3 minute defense of a book - why is the book important to be read/not censored? A jury of their peers will vote on the effectiveness of the case presented. The public is welcome to attend.

Event Location: Marist College - Fontaine Hall 301, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Big Read Book Cover Redesign

Teens and tweens put a creative twist on a new book cover for Fahrenheit 451 in this workshop.

Event Location: Highland Public Library, 30 Church Street, Highland, NY 12528

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury Movie Series

This movie series highlights films that are in some way related to Ray Bradbury's work. Tonight, screen and discuss the 1968 movie The Illustrated Man.

Event Location: Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Closing Event - A Celebration of Books

We will celebrate the books we love with a presentation of our readers' poll, our Big Read Selfies, and a fantastic collection of edible books. Next year's Big Read book selection will also be announced. Following the judging, edible books will be on view at 2 pm. Following the short program, the edible book entries will be devoured!

Event Location: The Auditorium, 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Date: Sun, Nov 2, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

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