We admit that inspirational 1980s rock and roll is what got the Big Read through longs days and nights of planning, but it’s your support and participation that will make the Big Read thrive! This week you’ll find lots of programming around town and at your local branch libraries. So go out and get the book, get reading, get set and go! Go to events! See how the themes of A Lesson Before Dying have inspired wonderful events and hundreds of people to hit the books!
Lots of Big Read events happening this week!!
Saturdays 02/28, 03/07, 03/14—Lessons in Writingwith Arisa White: CSU East Bay Oakland Center, 10-11:30am Prize-winning, local creative writer, Arisa White, leads a group of teens and adults in a class about finding your voice in poetry and prose. Please contact the Big Read Oakland to find out how you can enroll in this freecommunity class at (510) 208-7004 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 02/28— A Lesson Before Dying Film Screening: Eastmont Branch Library, Eastmont Town Center, Ste. 211, 7200 Bancroft, (510) 615-5726, 12-2pm
Saturday 02/28— A Lesson Before Dying Film Screening: Martin Luther King Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd., (510) 615-5728, 2-4pm
Tuesday, 03/03— A Lesson Before Dying Film Screening and Book Club Discussion: Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 482-844, 6:30pm
Wednesday 03/04—Fresh Perspectives: Main Library, West Auditorium, 125 14th Street, (510) 238-3134, 6:15pm and 7pm: Artistic Director of Rough N’ Ready Theatre Players, Daunielle Rasmussen and the Theatre Department Chair at Laney College, Michael Torres, work with local actors to bring to life poignant scenes from A Lesson Before Dying in an intimate theatrical experience. Enjoy an original adaptation, original music, killer performances, and more at one of the two showings of this incredible piece of theater!
Friday 03/06—The Big Read, First Friday Event: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak @ 10th Street One block from Lake Merritt BART, 7:30pm: Enjoy a special screening of the Independent Film Channel’s, powerful, 2008 documentary, At the Death House Door. This award-winning film explores the controversial themes of the death penalty in America. Visit: ifc.com/atthedeathhousedoor for more details.