Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Big Read - To Kill a Mockingbird

Jackson County is participating in The Big Read this month. It is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The book picked for Jackson County was To Kill a Mockingbird.

I was on the court house lawn a few weeks ago when the event was kicked off. It rained, but people still came. There was a story telling contest, someone portrayed Atticus Finch and gave a speech on the courthouse steps, they gave out free copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and there were free refreshments. And anyone who wanted to feel what it was like for Scout to be in a ham costume, could step into a cardboard ham and get their picture took.

There's been activities all month at both county libraries and this week Mary Badham, who starred as "Scout" in the movie will be visiting. She will visit both high schools on October 26th and hold a program at a church gymnasium on Monday, also. All the events are free.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week they are having free showings of the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Alpine Theatre in Ripley. The Alpine is the old theatre in Ripley that has been restored.

If nothing happens, Charley and I plan to go to the movie on Friday night.

It has been an interesting month celebrating Harper Lee's book.


  1. Janet,
    This sounds like a lot of fun. I've not read this book in a long time, but it's a great book to celebrate!

  2. Janet, I wish I could have been there! A writers and readers dream!
    One of my all time favorite books,too. Hey, how's your writing going?

  3. This sounds like such a terrific idea. The entire county reading together.

    Can you drop in & pay us a visit? ? Blessings,

  4. Sounds fun. There are layers to that book that I'm still figuring out.

  5. Janet,

    I had never read To Kill a Mockingbird until a few years ago. I've read it twice since then. It certainly is a classic. I've never seen the movie. I will have to check out the local video store and see if they have the DVD.

    Wishing you a great week.

  6. Okay, I'll admit it, I've never read this book!

  7. My book club just reread this book last year. What a great book to discuss!


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