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home : news : local news December 14, 2017


12/5/2017 8:47:00 AM
Library, school to bring 'Frankenstein' to life
The Times


INDIANAPOLIS - The Hamilton North Public Library, Cicero, and Carmel High School, have received funding to help bring "Frankenstein" to life in their community and participate in a statewide read of the book in 2018.

The grants are part of the year-long One State / One Story: Frankenstein program initiated by Indiana Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Center for the Book. The program also received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Community Read grants of $1,000 were awarded to 62 organizations. Those organizations will each hold at least three community programs tied to the book during 2018, including a book discussion. Each site will also receive up to 50 books and assorted collateral (bookmarks, posters, etc.) to promote the programs. The $1,000 project funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including to book speakers through a special "Frankenstein" speakers bureau.

Ten organizations were selected to receive a Frankenfest grant of $1,000 to hold a unique event in 2018. These communities will hold their own read-a-thon of the book, with additional festivities for participants. In addition to the $1,000, recipients will receive a "starter kit" of promotional materials, and will participate in a hands-on training workshop to plan, communicate about and host their own event. Selected organizations include:

Written by teenage 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."







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