Townwide Book to Read in June: ‘Frankenstein’ — Events Planned Around the Classic


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Promotional photo of Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein as Frankenstein's monster. (1935)

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Darien Library invites you to join them in June to explore Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” as part of their One Book One Community program.

The town-wide read encourages the community to enjoy the same story and then participate in a shared exploration of the tale.


Promotional photo of Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein as Frankenstein\’s monster. (1935)

— an announcement from Darien Library (followed by information from the library website)

The month of online activities is a way for the community to come together while remaining isolated. The program kicks off on June 1.

The classic tale of Frankenstein is a touchstone of popular culture and can be experienced in any way you choose: from a literary exploration with the guidance of Carroll Stenson, a journey through the music of horror movies with Gil Harel, or a search for meaning within the many film iterations with Max Alvarez.

Or you can take it light and easy and just watch movies, read or listen to shorter adaptions, join a costume contest for kids, partake in a trivia night, and more.

Further details about One Book One Community can be found online, here.


These online events are scheduled around the project. From the library’s One Book One Community Web page:

Music and Horror

Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m.
Gil Harel will discuss the ingredients which make music so effective at conveying horror. He will dissect iconic scenes from popular horror films.

Two Centuries of Frankenstein

Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Join film historian Max Alvarez for this compelling audiovisual journey in which the youthful author, her iconic novel, and the resulting films, are dissected.

Learning from the Monster

Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
Carroll Stenson (of Short Stories for Short/Long Days) leads a literary exploration of the themes of the novel. What can we learn from the monster?


Monster Movie Trivia

Wednesday, June 10 at 5 p.m.
Ages 10 to 18
Frankenstein isn’t the only famous pop culture monster! Join us for a trivia session devoted to the big names and hidden gems of monster film history.

QuaranTEEN Book Group

Wednesday, June 17 at 5 p.m.
Ages 12 to 18
Join us for a digital book club! Grab a copy of Frankenstein or one of its many retellings and come talk about everyone’s favorite pop culture monster.

Scary Story Open Mic

Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m.
Ages 12 to 18
Inspired by that fateful writing competition, we’re encouraging teens to write their own short stories to read aloud in this online open mic.

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