After months of anticipation, the Watertown Free Public Library is thrilled to be kicking off our 2 jam-packed months of events celebrating Harper Lee’s classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Last night, we showed The Help for our Movie Monday selection, and throughout September and October, our movie selections will highlight issues and themes from To Kill a Mockingbird. Here’s what we’ve got on tap:
Sept. 17 Amazing Grace
Sept. 24 The Conspirator
Oct. 1 Mississippi Burning
Oct. 15 Pleasantville
Oct. 22 Intruder in the Dust
Oct. 29 To Kill a Mockingbird
If book discussion is more your speed, we’ll talk about the book this Wednesday, September 12th at 9:30 AM at the Watertown Senior Center, and again on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM here at the WFPL. The October 3rd discussion will be led by Watertown filmmaker Sandy Jaffe, who has produced a documentary entitled Our Mockingbird about the efforts of kids in 2 Birmingham, Alabama high schools – one predominantly white, one predominantly black – to collaborate on a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
If you love to eat great food and get to know your neighbors, then you won’t want to miss our Dinner and a Movie event this Thursday, September 13th! We have an inspiring menu of southern BBQ favorites by Blue Ribbon BBQ, and mouth-watering pies courtesy of A. Russo & Sons here in Watertown! Our dinner-table conversation will be facilitated by Joanne Baker, English Teacher and Middle School Humanities Coordinator at JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School in Watertown. And, of course, when we’re done eating and talking, we’ll dim the lights and show the Academy-award winning 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird for your viewing pleasure! Tickets for this event are $8.00 ($15.00 for 2) and will be available at the Circulation Desk until 9:00 PM on Tuesday, September 11th.
But there’s so much more still to come! We’ll post another blog post in a few days with the rest of the events detailed. In the meantime, stop by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor for a full schedule of events!
One Book, One Watertown: Be a part of it!