As part of "The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird," libraries, schools, bookstores and other organizations across the Granite State will be holding nearly 200 events throughout the month, including book discussions, film screenings, a panel discussion on adapting literature to film, presentations by local attorneys, programs on topics related to the themes of the novel and appearances by Atticus Finch himself.The Nesmith Library is hosting screenings and discussions every Thursday night during March, and the first Thursday in April.
The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library received a grant from the NEA to coordinate this statewide project. The Center for the Book chose to focus on To Kill a Mockingbird not only because it is a great coming of age story but also because of the many topics of discussion it inspires: who is a hero, the importance of standing up for what is right, the role of defense attorneys in society, relationships between the races, courage, justice and more.
This week we start off with a viewing of the 1962 film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a role for which Peck won an Oscar. The film starts at 7:00 pm in the multipurpose room. The following Thursdays will be discussions of the book/film. We have copies of the book available at the front desk. On April 1 there will be a staged reading (please call Carl at 432-7154 if you'd like to read a part).
Join us for one or all of our weeks of celebration of this great American classic.