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Archived News Release from 2007

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Redwood City Community Invited to Join a Nationwide Reading Revolution: “The Big Read”

Redwood City, CA - February 7 , 2007 - What would it be like if hundreds, or even thousands, of Redwood City residents – young and old alike, from all parts of the City, speaking English or Spanish – decided to read the same great book, at the same time? And then, they got together in groups for book discussions, literary presentations, book clubs, panel discussions, kids’ storytelling, and other related events? It would be a phenomenal community-building activity, and that’s exactly what’s happening with The Big Read, scheduled for March, 2007!

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The Big Read offers the classic book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which is available in English and Spanish throughout the community – at City libraries, community centers, book stores, and other locations. The community is invited to read the book, and then join in any of the incredible number of community events throughout March, all centered around reading! The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Montalvo Arts Center, and is designed to restore reading to the center of our communities. It engages the community with the literary arts and with larger concerns of our time such as censorship and dissent. Internationally-acclaimed, with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Bradbury’s classic novel of censorship and defiance, and it is as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

The Big Read will be an exciting, interactive program of activities, discussions, presentations, and lots of fun as we build a great community together. This is the perfect opportunity for the wonderful diversity of residents in our community to sit down together with a common interest, and discuss ideas that are important to them. Movies, book discussions, “meet the author” events, kids’ storytimes, book-making workshop, panels and seminars…something for every member of the family to enjoy, together – including a live interview with author Ray Bradbury (via satellite)! The month’s activities conclude with the “Fair on the Square” outdoor family festival in Courthouse Square from noon to 4 pm on Saturday March 31st. Be sure to check the calendar of events!

A great community partnership is hosting The Big Read: the National Endowment for the Arts, non-profit Montalvo Arts Center, the City of Redwood City, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City School District, Cañada College, and the San Mateo County History Museum. Supporters for The Big Read include the National Endowment for the Arts, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Books Inc. and Applied Materials.

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.

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Rosalind Kutler
Redwood City Public Library

Leslie Zane
Montalvo Arts Center

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