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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

Contact:
Kristen Harbaugh
NH Dept. of Cultural Resources
kharbaugh@library.state.nh.us / 603.271.3136

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
27 September 2007

The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads Fahrenheit 451
Kicks-off with reception at NH State Library

WHO:

Director of the NH Center for the Book, Mary Russell
NH State Librarian, Michael York
Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council, Deborah Watrous
Representatives from the over 60 participating libraries, schools and book stores in NH

WHAT:

The Kick-off Reception for The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads Fahrenheit 451 will include a Commendation from Governor John Lynch, greetings from Senator John E. Sununu and a special appearance by “Fire Captain Beatty”.

The Center for the Book at the NH State Library in partnership with the NH Humanities Council received a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Big Read is a national initiative of the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Arts Midwest that encourages citizens to join together as a community to read and discuss a single book for pleasure and enlightenment.

The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads Fahrenheit 451 will continue through the month of October with nearly 100 events - book discussions, luncheons, lectures by scholars, film screenings and more - around the state and culminate on Veterans Day weekend with related events at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord.

Details on New Hampshire's Big Read events are available at http://bigreadnh.blogspot.com

The above listed attendees will speak at the kick-off. A large turnout is expected and refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Monday, October 1st, 3:00 pm.

WHERE: New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH.

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