Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon featuring Consortium Library’s Lorelei Sterling available for streaming
by Green & Gold News |
UPDATE (Aug. 24, 2020): Watch Lorelei Sterling, associate professor and head of access services at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, read a segment of Fahrenheit 451 during the first annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon, available for streaming through Sept. 5 at RayBradburyReadAThon.com.
ORIGINAL STORY (Aug. 19, 2020)
Lorelei Sterling, associate professor and head of access services at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, will read a segment of Fahrenheit 451 during the first annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon this Saturday, Aug. 22. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. AKDT and will be livestreamed at RayBradburyReadAThon.com.
The Library of Congress, Los Angeles Public Library and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, along with other public and university libraries nationwide, have joined together to bring Bradbury’s classic novel to today’s audiences.
Ray Bradbury’s contribution to the literary landscape and our collective imagination made him one of the best-known writers of our time. His books now sit on library shelves alongside the works of authors he read in his youth at the Carnegie Library in Waukegan, Illinois. After his family moved to Los Angeles during the Great Depression, he discovered the stacks of the Venice library and many others: no matter where he lived, the library was his school. As Bradbury would later say: “I’m completely library educated. Libraries are absolutely at the center of my life. Since I couldn’t afford to go to college, I attended the library three or four days a week from the age of eighteen on, and graduated from the library when I was twenty-eight.”
The Read-A-Thon’s on-camera readers will be as diverse as America itself. Some 40 people, selected by participating libraries and institutions, will pre-record a short segment of Fahrenheit 451. Those segments, and a few from celebrity guests, will be edited into one continuous reading of the entire book, creating four hours of thought-provoking entertainment. Some readers will record from their homes, others from their hometown libraries — or from the places where Bradbury himself lived, worked and explored. Locations will include the historic rooms of the Los Angeles Public Library, the Library of Congress and the former Carnegie Library building in Waukegan where Bradbury spent much of his childhood lost in books.
Fahrenheit 451, a cautionary dystopian tale about the cost of apathy and the power of curiosity, is one of the most checked-out books at libraries throughout the United States. Viewers of the Read-A-Thon will discover — or rediscover — this redemptive story that is as powerful today as it was when it was first written.