Join Brooklynites in the Big Read at Brooklyn Public Library

September 24, 2007
— Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) teams up with the National Endowment for the Arts to invite the entire community to participate in The Big Read, a campaign geared towards bringing people together to share classic literature and understand how its themes are still relevant today. The selected novel is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In honor of this campaign, BPL will host a series of events for the entire community to enjoy – including book discussion groups in several languages and a film screenings.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Race, Class and Equality
Scholars Clarence Taylor and Wayne Flynt explore the social values depicted in Lee’s novel. Taylor has researched the modern civil rights and black power movements, African American religion and the modern history of New York City. Flynt has authored 11 books and is editor-in-chief of the Online Encyclopedia of Alabama. He has researched Southern culture, Alabama politics, Southern religion, education reform and poverty.
Saturday, October 6, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Film Screening

See the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck.
Sunday, October 14, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Chinese Language Book Discussion

Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird in Chinese. Reserve your copy on our website, or speak to a librarian about obtaining a free copy of the book to keep.
Saturday, October 13, 2 PM
Central Library, Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2417

Monday, October 22, 11 AM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Russian Language Book Discussion

Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird in Russian. Reserve your copy on our website, or speak to a librarian about obtaining a free copy of the book to keep.
Wednesday, October 17, 2 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Tuesday, October 30, 2 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2417

Polish Language Book Discussion

Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird in Polish. Reserve your copy on our website, or speak to a librarian about obtaining a free copy of the book to keep.
Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Spanish Language Book Discussion

Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird in Spanish. Reserve your copy on our website, or speak to a librarian about obtaining a free copy of the book to keep.
Saturday, October 27, 2 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2417

Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718.567.2806



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. The Big Read for military communities is made possible by The Boeing Company.

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