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Placer County Library kicks-off ‘The Big Read’ in April

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This year’s Big Read book is “Fahrenheit 451” in celebration of National Library Week. Join other Placer County residents in a mass reading of the book during April, All branches of the county library are participating in the project. “The idea behind The Big Read is to build a series of book discussions and events surrounding a single title to bring a community together,” said Mark Parker, director of library services. “The library chose to feature this book in The Big Read project because it focuses so strongly on the importance of books and reading. The book has timeless themes and it appeals to all ages from teens on up. “Thanks to the grant we received, we have 400 copies of the book at the Auburn library and we can purchase up to 400 more if the demand is there. We are able to purchase them at a discount and can re-sell the extra books at a later date.” The Big Read is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Library and Museum Services through a $7,000 grant. In Rocklin, events include: From 4-6 p.m. April 17 at the Rocklin High School theater — author and noted Bradbury biographer Sam Weller will be the featured keynote speaker. Weller is the author of the “Bradbury Chronicles.” Book discussion groups in Rocklin include: From 1-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. April 6 at the Rocklin Library Book Club, 5460 Fifth St. From 2-3 p.m. April 15 at Wild Dan’z Pizza, 5514 Pacific St. See www.placer.ca.gov /library for more events and updates.