The Big Read - Event Schedule

Saturday, March 8
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Big Read Kick Off and Book Give-Away 
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
 - Free copies of Fahrenheit 451 will be distributed to the public. View a Ray Bradbury exhibition on the lower level, a Massillon AHEAD art exhibit inspired by Fahrenheit 451, and meet Massillon City Firefighters! In addition, authors/artists Nelly Toll and luke kurtis will be signing copies of their books in connection with their art exhibits that open later in the evening.

 

Saturday, March 8
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Opening—Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll
Studio M exhibition opening—INTERSECTION, luke kurtis
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E

 

Monday, March 10 - Friday, May 30
Massillon Fire History Exhibition 
location: Sippo Lake Park Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708
 - Visit the Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center at the Exploration Gateway in Sippo Lake Park for this special exhibition as part of the 2014 The Big Read, celebrating Ray Bradbury's "Farhenheit 451." The exhibit showcases famous fires of Stark County's past from the Massillon Museum archives. The exhibit is available during regular Canalway hours. Admission is free. Visit www.starkparks.com for more information and Canalway Center hours.

 

Wednesday, March 12
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fahrenheit 451 Film Screening & Book Discussion 
location: Massillon Public Library 
- The Massillon Public Library will host a free screening of the film "Fahrenheit 451" and host a book discussion afterwards with Library staff.

 

Saturday, March 15
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Super Saturday for Kids and Families
location: Massillon Public Library
- Kids and families are invited to learn about author Ray Bradbury and why his book is entitled "Fahrenheit 451." You’ll hear a short excerpt and discuss the “firemen” in the book. Then you’ll have a chance to design your own “fireman’s” uniform and answer the question “What Book Would You Save from Burning?” You’ll finish up by taste-testing some fiery foods. All ages are welcome to this free program. Registration is required and begins on February 22. To register, contact the Massillon Public Library Children’s Department at 330-832-5037.

 

Monday, March 17
Poetry Contest Submission Deadline
location: Massillon Public and Branches or online
- Poets have the option of fitting their work to the themes of censorship, books in general, or the book, "Fahrenheit 451."

 

Tuesday, March 18
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
- Join Catie Carlson for a book discussion inspired by The Big Read selection, "Fahrenheit 451." Refreshments will be provided, and all ages are welcome to attend. No reservations are necessary.

 

Thursday, March 20
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion at Kozmo's Grille
location: 37 First St. SW
- Join David Harding for a book discussion inspired by Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" at Kozmo's Grille in Massillon. Grab a beverage or a bite to eat, and join us for lively dialogue in connection with The Big Read. All ages are welcome to attend, and no reservations are necessary.

 

Saturday, March 22
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
MassMu's Rhythms Concert Series presents Steven Greenman
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
- Steven Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin music in the world today. As part of The Big Read and the exhibition Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll, he will perform the second concert in the series in the Museum's main gallery. Tickets are $12.50 for non-members; $10 for members; and $7 for students. They can be purchased online, by phone or at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm, Concert at 8:00pm.

 

Monday, March 24
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion at Chit Chat Coffee Shoppe
location: 115 Lincoln Way W
- Join Kathy Green for a book discussion on the topic of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" at the new Chit Chat Coffee Shoppe location in downtown Massillon! All ages are welcome, and no reservations are required.

 

Tuesday, March 25
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MassMu's Brown Bag Lunch presents The Big Read Keynote presentation by Mark Dawidziak on "Fahrenheit 451 & Ray Bradbury"
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
- Mark Dawidziak is currently teaching part time at Kent State University, in addition to writing for The Plain Dealer. He has been an active participant in the Massillon Museum's The Big Read in previous years, most notably contributing to the Museum's selection of Tom Sawyer. Dawidziak assembled Mark Twain's thoughts on writing and the writing process for "Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing" (St. Martin's Press, 1996). He also teamed with noted Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen for the chapter "Mark Twain on the Screen" published in A Companion to Mark Twain (Blackwell Publishing, 2005, edited by Peter Messent and Louis J. Budd). Dawidziak will be exhibiting artifacts and ephemera from his Bradbury collection on the Museum's lower level, and will discuss Bradbury and "Fahrenheit 451" for this keynote lecture. The Brown Bag Lunch lectures are free; no reservations are required. Bring a lunch or buy one at the Museum cafe! Complimentary cookies and coffee provided, courtesy of Bates Printing.

 

Saturday, March 29
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Book Cover Collage Workshop at MassMu
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
- After reading Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451," its hard not to see themes and ideas still apparent and discussed in today’s world. Join us as we cut, paste, and create our own fictional book covers that explore these topics. We will discuss the book and key themes throughout the workshop, addressing the ways in which they manifest today on both a local and global scale, and respond to this discussion with a creative exercise.

 

Tuesday, April 1
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Poetry Read-In
location: Massillon Public Library
- Poetry contest winners will be given the opportunity to read their poems and be awarded their prizes during the Read-In.

 

Saturday, April 5
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fahren-hike 4.51 and Campfire - Ohio & Erie Bridgeport Quarry Trailhead
location: 3400 Block Erie Ave. NW, Massillon, OH 44646
- Join Stark Parks and Massillon Museum for this hike and campfire along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. As part of the 2014 Big Read, celebrating Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 4.51," we'll hike 4.51 kilometers (2.8 miles) on the Towpath. After the hike, we'll roast marshmallows over a roaring campfire at the River’s Edge Campground and discuss Bradbury's book. Meet at the Bridgeport Quarry Trailhead on Erie Avenue, south of Traphagen Road. Reservations are requested at www.starkparks.com or 330.409.8096.

 

Tuesday, April 8
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
"Fahrenheit 451" Book Discussion at Kozmo's Grille
location: 37 Erie St. SW
- Join John Kiste, Executive Director of the Canton/Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau for a book discussion about Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." Grab a beverage or a bite if you like. All ages are welcome, and no reservations are required.

 

Monday, April 14
2:00 p.m.
"Fahrenheit 451" Book Discussion
location: Massillon Public Library
- Join Massillon Public Library staff for a book discussion about "Fahrenheit 451." All ages are welcome, and no reservations are required.

 

Tuesday, April 22
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MassMu's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture by Sherie Brown, presenting "Books Under Fire: The Ongoing Battle for the Right to Read"
location: Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
- Massillon Public Library Director Sherie Brown will present a lecture in connection with MassMu's presentation of The Big Read. Her presentation is titled, "Books Under Fire: The Ongoing Battle for the Right to Read." A discussion of Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" will be included. The Brown Bag Lunch lectures begin promptly at 12:10pm, are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or purchase at the Museum's cafe. All ages are welcome and no reservations are required.

 

Wednesday, April 23
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
One-Act Plays and Poetry Read-In at Washington High School
location: 1 Paul E. Brown Dr., Massillon, OH 44646
- Students from Massillon Washington High School's theatre department will perform original one-act plays written by local authors, inspired by Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." Before the performances, winners from the Massillon Public Library's Poetry Contest will have an opportunity to read their entries. The event is free and open to the public; all ages are welcome and no reservations are required.