Milton Reads!, Milton’s first townwide reading program, recently announced its schedule of activities and events for fall, including book groups, art projects, and a Halloween festival.
The program, which mirrors similar nearby efforts such as Dedham Reads, has selected “To Kill a Mockingbird” as this year’s book for adults, and has published a list of easy chapter and picture books that deal with similar themes of race and gender for interested young readers.
Copies of the book are available for $5 at the Friends of the Library bookstore, and organizers are passing out promotional bumper stickers reading, “What Would Atticus Do?” referring to the character Atticus Finch.
Here’s a quick look at additional events planned for the next few months and make sure to check out miltonreads2012.wordpress.com for more information.
Drop-in Discussion: On Sept. 27, join other readers and organizers of the Milton Reads! committee in discussing the book’s characters, themes, and plot lines. Participants do not need to have finished the book to participate.
Southern Tea: The Forbes House Museum and other sponsors will host an afternoon “Southern High Tea” on Oct. 6 during which actors from the group, Milton Players, will act out parts of the book. Registration is required and tickets are $35.
Film Screenings: On Oct. 11 at 6 p.m., the library will show the documentary “Hey Boo,” which chronicles the author’s life and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the novel. Then on Oct. 14, the library will show the movie adaptation of the book at 1:30 p.m. Another showing of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be shown at Fuller Village on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Halloween Festival: A townwide Halloween and autumn festival will be held Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cunningham Park. Families will participate in 1930s themed activities and are encouraged to dress in costumes relating to the book.
Dramatic Reading: The Milton Players and Milton High School's drama club will present a “dramatic reading” from the stage adaptation of the book on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in the library.
Final Event: Then on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., organizers will host the closing event of the program that will include a discussion with US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, a concert, and a reception. The location of this event has not yet been determined but will be announced on the program website at a later date.
Natalie Feulner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.