NAPPANEE — Nappanee Public Library has been awarded a Community Read grant of $1,000 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of the classic novel “Frankenstein.” More than 60 other communities will be reading the book as part of a program called One State/One Story: Frankenstein.
The library will host at least three community programs tied to the book during 2018, including a book discussion. It will also receive up to 50 books and assorted collateral materials, such as bookmarks and posters to promote the programs. The $1,000 can be used for a variety of purposes, including the booking of speakers through a special speakers bureau.
Written by teen Mary Shelley in 1818, “Frankenstein” tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.
“‘Frankenstein’ is a powerful book that raises big questions about right and wrong, how we treat other people and the relationship between science and society,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “That’s what makes it such an important book to read as a community and as a state. We want to catalyze those serious conversations, but we want Hoosiers to have a little fun with the book, too.”
One State/One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read the classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018.
More than a dozen programs, including a digital gaming workshop, a science fiction and horror writing festival for teens, community reads and read-a-thons and college and university partnerships will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state. One State/One Story: Frankenstein has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.IndianaHumanities.org/Frankenstein.
The Nappanee Public Library has announced the following events for Oct. 8-14.
Pinterest Night — Oct. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. (teens and adults)
Participants will learn to use packing tape to create unique crafts. The cost is $5 per project and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by calling (574) 773-7919 or by visiting nappaneelibrary.org
Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel book talk — Oct. 11, 4 to 5 p.m. (teens and adults)
Participants will read and discuss the graphic novel version of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
The Young & Restless — Oct. 12, 10 to 10:30 a.m. (infants and toddlers)
Interested patrons can join the library for a story time created for babies, toddlers, and caregivers. There will be bubbles, dancing, music, and stories. Participants can bring a blanket or play mat. Register by calling (574) 773-7919 or visit nappaneelibrary.org.
Roz Puppets: The Monster Maker — Oct. 13, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. (all ages)
When word gets out that a talented, but wacky scientist is able to make monsters, a rich entertainment agent hires the scientist to make him a creature of his very own. All goes well until the scientist discovers that the monster is anything but scary. Patrons can join the Roz Puppets in this ghoulishly funny retelling of an old monster story favorite. No registration necessary.
Night At The Museum — Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. (all ages)
Nappanee history comes to life when the lights go out. Patrons can enjoy a chilling and insightful experience that’s unique to the town’s history. The event will include interactive flashlight tours through the Nappanee Center and a look back through the centuries to the graves of Nappanee’s pivotal citizens. Call (574) 773-7919 for more information.
Movies In The Park: Frankenstein — Oct. 13, 8 p.m. (all ages)
Patrons can bring your family, friends, chairs and blankets for the free screening of Frankenstein at the library. Children younger than eight years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration necessary.