Howland Library Partners in Big Read Event

The Howland Public Library is partnering again with The Big Read – Poughkeepsie, which focuses on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The library is hosting four Big Read events.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., author Dr. Andy Rose presents Ignite Your Dreams, where you learn the tools needed to conceive, plan, write, publish and market a book. The program will include handout resources. Free. No registration required.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, from noon – 1 p.m., a live musical event, Censored Music of the Past, will be performed under the direction of Beacon High School Band Director Stephen Pietrowski. Student musicians and guest musicians will perform in the main area of the library. Free. No registration required.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., crafter Amina Chaudhri leads a hands-on hand-stitched journals workshop. Create a simple and beautiful journal. Reservations required. Free. Sign up at the library’s front desk.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Dr. James Cotter, Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, leads a discussion of Fahrenheit 451. Free. No registration required.

Several copies of Fahrenheit 451 are available at the library’s front desk.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is designed to encourage literacy and restore reading to the center of American culture by providing opportunities for communities to read, discuss and interpret a selected work of literature. Visit

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