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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird bookDecember 17, 2014

Kicking Off The Big Read Kick at BCL!

Community joins together with Broward County Library to Read To Kill a Mockingbird

“We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe- some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they're born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others- some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of men.
 
But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.” 

 
-- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Broward County Library will join The Big Read this year with the beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In 2015, Broward County Library will host events and programs for all ages in celebration; check the full list here at Broward.org/Library/Read
 
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs in selected communities, including Broward County. 
 
This year, Broward County Library has focused on creating thought-provoking events for children, teens and adults, including a mock trial, film screenings, book discussions and more that explore the themes of justice and truth that are highlighted in the book.
 
To learn more about The Big Read and To Kill a Mockingbird, please visit these related web sites:
http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/readers-guide/
http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/media/

Special Events

  • The Big Read Kick Off! January 10 - BizzArt Family Funday Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coral Springs Museum of Art
  • January 12 - Setting the Scene with Music: Sounds from the 1930s and 40s presented by the Senior Moments Band, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Main Library
  • January 12 - To Kill a Mockingbird from a Historical, Cultural and Legal Perspective: Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Christine Jackson, 1 to 2 p.m., Main Library
  • January 17 - What If...Poems and Stories Inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird. The first 15 registrants have a chance to win a $25 gift card! 3:30 to 5 p.m., Lauderdale Lakes Library
  • January 21 - Race Relations & the Law: Now and Then in Broward County, A Lunch and Learn with Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., West Regional Library
  • January 24 - To Kill a Mockingbird Read-a-thon, Noon to 4 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Library
  • January 31 - The Key to a Powerful Novel, writing workshop with Joyce Sweeney, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library
  • January 31 - Comic Book Workshop, 1 to 4 p.m., Coral Springs Museum of Art
  • February 7 - Scouting Great Characters, writing workshop with Marjetta Geerling, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library 
  • February 14 - Screening and discussion of a film about people of African descent. Co-sponsored by Khephra Book Club, 2 to 5 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
  • February 17 - To Kill a Mockingbird Mock Trial. Performed in a reader’s theater style format by local Broward attorneys, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library
  • February 21 - Setting: More Than Just a Backdrop, writing workshop with Deb Sharp, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library 
  • February 21 - What Makes a Classic: The Long Happy Life of To Kill a Mockingbird, storytelling program with Caren Neile, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Coral Springs Museum of Art
  • February 21 - Screening and discussion of a film about the economic realities of people of color. Co-sponsored by Khephra Book Club, 2 to 5 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
  • February 28 - To Kill A Mockingbird Reader's Theater performed by The PlayGroup, LLC, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Library
  • February 28 - Screening and discussion of documentary about racism in America. Co-sponsored by Khephra Book Club, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

Book Discussions

Screenings: Film Based on the book To Kill a Mockingbird

Documentary Screenings: Hey, Boo! The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Children and Teens


Catch the Big Read and Follow Along with Broward County Commissioners!
 
Commissioner Beam FurrCommissioner Dale V.C. HolnessVice Mayor Martin David KiarCommissioner Stacy RitterCommissioner Barbara Sharief
From left to right: Commissioner Beam Furr, Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, Vice Mayor Martin David Kiar, Commissioner Stacy Ritter, and Commissioner Barbara Sharief.


African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2015 Black History Month Art and Essay Competition

 
The Big Read supports the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center 2015 Black History Month Art and Essay Competition. This competition is open to students living in, or going to school in Broward County, in grades 4-12. Interested students are encouraged to submit an original essay and/or a visual piece of artwork on this topic: “In an ideal society, everyone should have the same opportunities and be treated equally, regardless of their race or social status. Within the past century several events have occurred in America that changed the nation’s perspective of social equality toward Black people. Compare two notable events and describe their impact on society, both past and present.” For more information, call 954-357-8292.
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The Big Read: Books on Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, Available at BCL