February 11, 2011

The Raven Screened for The Big Read on Feb. 11, 2011

On Friday, Feb. 11, the Washington County Public Library will kick off this year’s Big Read program with The Raven (AIP, 1963).

The film will begin 6 p.m. in the Conference Room of the main branch of the library. Admission is free, and popcorn will be available.

The library is located at 205 Oak Hill Street, NE, in Abingdon, VA.

For more information, please contact Leslie Tabor at (276) 676-6391. A full list of all the Big Read events can be found on the library’s website.

The National Endowment for the Arts launched The Big Read in the fall of 2007 as a way of bringing reading back to American culture. Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Maltese Falcon was the first book chosen, and the 1941 film version was shown in many theaters and libraries across the U.S., accompanied by book discussions and special materials, including bookmarks, pamphlets, and CDs on both the novel and the movie.

This year, the Washington County Library, in partnership with the Barter Theatre, chose Edgar Allan Poe for his influence on American culture – and to consider the link between mental health and creativity. “The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” will run from Feb. 10 through Mar. 31, 2011 and will include poetry and art contests, book discussions, and other Poe-inspired movies.

Upcoming Big Read events can be found on The Big Read website. Events may be selected by community, date range, or by book – including The Maltese Falcon.

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