Big Read's aim to spark love of books

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CSI Media news staff | September 20, 2013

WHITEWATER--The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Young Auditorium today announced that it has received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

Young Auditorium is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read in Rock/Walworth/ Jefferson Counties will focus on "Fahrenheit 451," authored by Ray Bradbury in 1953. The book opens with the main character Guy Montag's confused reality after a night of
book burning. The book's emphasis on book banning and societal censorship meant that "Fahrenheit 451" itself was a banned book. Big Read program coordinator Shannon Dozoryst said, "We are all fired up for our sixth Big Read: Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' -- Spark Reading!"

Participating libraries include East Troy, Elkhorn, Fontana, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Lake Geneva, Palmyra and Whitewater. New events will be added throughout the year. Call to confirm times and admission fees if applicable.

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