Program: Film Screening of The Book Thief

Monday, May 19 from 5:00-6:30 at the Athol Public Library.

The second event in the Athol Public Library On the Same Page program will take place Monday, May 19 from 5:00-6:30 at the Athol Public Library.  A screening of the film The Book Thief will take place in the program room.  Library staff members planning the program are from left to right, Jean Shaughnessy, Anne Cutler-Russo, and Karen McNiff.  Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Library.  Call 978-249-9515 for more information.

The Book Thief is a #1 New York Times bestseller and now a motion picture.  When Liesel Meminger, the main character, finds a copy of The Grave Digger’s Handbook by her brother’s gravesite, her life is changed forever.  It is her first act of book thievery and, after she learns to read with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings and the mayor’s wife’s library.  There are dangerous times: it is 1939 in Nazi Germany and her foster family is hiding a Jewish man in their basement.

The third event in the program will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 5:00 to 6:00.  Amy Pattee, professor at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will talk on the history of book burning and censorship with an emphasis on Nazi Germany. 

All programs are free and are appropriate for teens and adults.