Big Read a Big Success at Takoma Park Library
The Takoma Park Library had three great programs this week as part of the Big Read. On Monday, Coolidge High School juniors acted out scenes from the book, A Lesson Before Dying. I picked the scenes beforehand and spoke to the students about acting them out. Their English teacher then took over and coached them to complete the project as part of their semester grade. After each class performed their scene, we showed the clip of that scene in the movie and talked about the different interpretations. Some classes even added songs and dancing to their skits, to the great amusement of all present. (See Tuesday's Post Style section for an overview of Big Read activities in area high schools, including Coolidge.)
On Wednesday, 8th graders from Roots Public Charter School came to the library for a discussion and screening of the film based on Gaines's novel. And on Thursday night, the Takoma Park Adult Book Group met to discuss the Big Read. Our attendance was doubled, and we had a lively, in-depth discussion of the novel. I also decided to make pralines for the occasion. My first attempt fell flat (quite literally - I now have a cookie sheet full of some kind of sugary pecan brittle at home.) Luckily the second batch more closely resembled New Orlean's most famous sweet treat, and nobody at book group got ill from eating them.
After these big successes, this librarian is going to sit back and relax for a week before thinking about Summer Reading programs. Look for Summer Reading information and registration very soon - the program starts on June 1!