The characters from To Kill A Mockingbird came to life Sunday afternoon during the kick-off event for the Friends of the Library One Read Livingston County program. Listen to KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to President Kris Daniels:
Despite the rainy weather, approximately 150 people turned out for the event where community members performed a scene from the book in the third floor court room. Daniels said she hopes that excitement over the new program spreads in the weeks ahead. “To see the whole community involved with reading this book would just be fanastic,” said Daniels, “It looks to me like we’re going to have so many people reading it and, honestly, I am so surprised by the excitement this book has already generated here. So many people have said it’s their favorite book. We’ve had high school students come in and say they love the book and just had to be here today.”
Not only was the performance well received, but the group was also able to add additional members. “We took about 25 enrollements today and mnay people had already paid their dues, “said Daniels, “We’re very excited about that because those are 25 new members and that’s great.”
The next event in the series will take place on Tuesday and will feature a program by attorney and UMKC law professor Sean O’Brien. “He’s a nationally recognized attorney,” said Daniels, “He will speak about wrongful convictions and his experience in getting people who are wrongfully convicted either off death row or our of prison.”
That event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Library and is free and open to the public.