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New Rochelle Library Holds Successful Big Read Kick-Off Party

Alan Kitty portrays Mark Twain in the New Rochelle Big Read Kick-off Party. Photo Credit: Contributed
Mark Twain, portrayed by Alan Kitty, addresses the Big Read Kick-off Party. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students perform a scene from "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer," the book chosen for the BIg Read. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students take part in activities connected with the Big Read. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – "Mark Twain" made a big hit with participants of the New Rochelle Public Library’s Big Read Kick-off Party Sunday, May 3, as he strolled around the library during the afternoon of activities reflecting 1840’s St. Petersburg, Mo.

In addition to crafts, games and refreshments, participants enjoyed presentations by Cindy Lovell, Twain historian and executive director of the Mark Twain Museum in Hartford, Conn., as well as performances by Twain impersonator Alan Kitty and members of the Big Read Reader’s Theater Troupe.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the featured title of New Rochelle’s 2015 Big Read, is being read by residents of all ages this May and June, as the library and community partners celebrate the author and his works in a variety of programs and events. The momentum of the Big Read launch continued the next day, when Lovell and Kitty presented an assembly program at Isaac E. Young Middle School.

More than 400 sixth-graders were introduced to Twain’s boyhood home in Hannibal, Mo., and enjoyed a guest appearance and performance by the author “himself.”

The school will present a play based on the story on Friday May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

For a full listing of all the Big Read programs, downloadable copies of the classic novel and more resources, visit the library’s website here and click on the “Big Read” logo.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. 

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