Posts Tagged ‘books’


Vote for Your Book!

July 5, 2011

It was Jay O’Berski’s idea to poll the public for the 2011 Banned Books Onstage on Sept. 24 at Main Library. We loved the suggestion to get the library audience involved in selecting the books.

For the third year running, Jay O’Berski and Dana Marks will lead a troupe of professional actors in this production by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Jay says, “What better way to support a community’s love of reading than by bringing their favorite stories to life?” You can vote for your favorite books at this link and help spread the word by inviting your friends to vote too.

In the past, the troupe chose from a list of books that were banned from schools, libraries and bookstores. They selected seven to 10 scenes to mount a thrilling performance that celebrates our freedom to read. Most memorable for me was Michael Goolsby’s interpretation of And Tango Makes Three. This children’s book is based on a true story about two male penguins raising a chick together. Goolsby’s emotion and palpable desire for a family wrenched my heart. This banned book has been called anti-family and unsuited for young children.

Please vote and prepare to open your mind and heart on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library auditorium. In a 90-minute, professionally-staged performance – costumes, live music, professional lighting – you will directly experience the language, emotions, insights and perspectives of the banned works. A talk-back with the actors will follow the performance.

Anastasia Bush, Durham County Library Grant Writer


50 Years of an Icon

July 8, 2010

If you have been reading the paper, the internet, watching TV or basically keeping your eyes and ears open, you know that this month (July 11th, specifically), marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. This beloved and sometimes-controversial classic has been read and re-read by millions of people and (I heard on the radio today), that since 1960, 1,300 babies have been named “Atticus.”

On Sunday, July 11th at 3:00 pm at the Main Library (300 N. Roxboro St.), the library will be holding a celebration of To Kill A Mockingbird. Jay O’Berski and Dana Marks of The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern will be co-directing great local actors in scenes adapted from the book. It’s going to be terrifically hot outside, so you should join us at what promises to be a super-cool performance (plus, it’s free). Thanks to The Regulator Bookshop for co-presenting and to Durham Library Foundation, which provided financial support for this program.

Marian Fragola
Adult Programming and Humanities Coordinator