Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Big Read

    On Thursday-30-July the Bogota Public Library (BPL), in partnership with Little Ferry and Ridgefield Park Public Libraries, announced that are the recipients of a grant of $5,681 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This will enabled all three Libraries to host National Endowment for the Arts Big Read for this year. Activities will start on Sunday-20-September and run for four weeks.  The focus of this year will be  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA's Big Read to  broadens the understanding of the world,  communities, and ones-selves through the joy of sharing a good book. 
 Bogota Library Director  Chelsea Dodd Coleman said that“It’s important to celebrate literature and use it as a means to facilitate community discussion,” she added. “It’s especially relevant this year as people find themselves more isolated and disconnected from their neighbors during the pandemic.”
 Book discussions will be hosted in all three communities, along with virtual programs, including a talk about the writing of the classic book, a virtual tour of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University, and a lecture on censorship. The public is also encouraged to host private discussions with family and friends using guides provided on the website.
  A number of copies of Fahrenheit 451  will be available in English and in Spanish from all the Libraries.  In addition, complementary picture books in both languages will be used to involve younger community members. This will include The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth.  Also the book  ¿Jugamos? by Ilan Brenman will be celebrated in library story-times and crafts.
  For more information and to find events or book discussions, visit
  For updated schedules of event dates and time for each library please visit their sites at:
The Bogota Public Library at:
The Ridgefield Park Public Library at
The Little Ferry Public Library at

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 From the National Endowment for the Arts 
The public libraries of Bogota, Little Ferry and Ridgefield Park were selected to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in 2020. An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
The NEA Big Read in these towns will focus on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Activities will take place between September 20 and October 17.
Las bibliotecas públicas de Bogota, Little Ferry y Ridgefield Park fueron seleccionadas para albergar el National Endowment for the Arts Big Read en 2020. Una iniciativa de Arts Endowment en asociación con Arts Midwest, el NEA Big Read amplía nuestra comprensión de nuestro mundo, nuestras comunidades, y a nosotros mismos a través de la alegría de compartir un buen libro.
La NEA Big Read en estas ciudades se centrará en Fahrenheit 451 de Ray Bradbury. Las actividades se llevarán a cabo entre el 20 de septiembre y el 17 de octubre.

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