Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien is excited to announce that The Burlington County Library System (BCLS) has been awarded grant funding to host the NEA Big Read, a special, seven-week series of performances, book discussions, film screenings and more focusing on Dashiell Hammett’s thrilling and classic detective tale “The Maltese Falcon.”
“Kicking off Saturday, Oct. 1 and running through Sunday, Nov. 13, this fun and thought-provoking series will feature partner participation from a host of organizations, and special events and activities for all ages at all library branches,” said Freeholder O’Brien, library liaison. “Mark your calendar for our interactive film noir style mystery theater program featuring the New Jersey Renaissance Faire on Oct. 1, library visits by the author’s granddaughter Julie Rivett on Oct. 22, a stage production of “The Maltese Falcon Radio Show” by Bridge Players Theatre Company on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, and much more.”
A program of the National Endowment for the
Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read is designed to
help broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through
the joy of sharing a good book. The
Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs
which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.
“We are proud to have our own Burlington County Library System be one of only 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive grant funding to host this full calendar of events for county residents this fall,” O’Brien said.
Published in 1930, “The Maltese Falcon” is an iconic literary work that defined the sub-genre of detective fiction. Set
in foggy San Francisco, featuring private detective Sam Spade, the beautiful
and treacherous Brigid O'Shaughnessy (aka Miss Wonderly), and a treasure worth killing for, Hammett’s novel has captivated three generations of readers.
Dashiell Hammett’s influence and writings inspired new movements in both fiction and film. “The Maltese Falcon,” adapted and directed by John Huston in 1941 and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre, was nominated for three Academy Awards.
“Dashiell Hammett is considered to be one of the finest mystery writers of all time and we are thrilled to be able to present such an exciting array of programming focusing on this classic tale at all eight of our library branches,” added BCLS Director Ranjna Das.
Registration is required for all programs in
The NEA Big Read series. To register, go to www.bcls.lib.nj.us/bigread Please remember to register for each library event separately, then Join us for these exciting “Maltese Falcon” programs this fall.
information about the NEA Big Read at BCLS, please call (609) 267-9660 or visit
www.bcls.lib.nj.us/bigread Follow us at #BCLSreads NEABIgRead and #TheMalteseFalcon
of the Burlington County Library System is to enrich lives by providing
opportunities for learning, growth and personal development. BCLS includes the County Library in Westampton, and branches in
Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Medford (Pinelands), Maple Shade, Pemberton,
NEA Big Read
is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts
The NEA Big Read at BCLS Featuring “The Maltese Falcon”
(Please register separately for each program)
Mystery Theatre Kick-off Program
The New Jersey Renaissance Faire kicks off the
NEA Big Read at BCLS by presenting an exciting, interactive film noir style
murder mystery program at the library. There will be clues to discover, people
to question, and a mystery to solve! (Participation is limited and early
registration is encouraged.)
Saturday, Oct.1 (1 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Learn about animals from the inside out and
how to identify skulls and bones just by examining their size, shape and
structure. Hosted by the
Rancocas Nature Center, this program features hands-on activities and uses samples of vertebrate animal bones and skulls from the nature center’s own collection.
Tuesday, Oct. 4 (6:30 p.m.) at the Pemberton Library
Thursday, Oct. 13 (6 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Wednesday, Oct. 26 (4 p.m.) at the Pinelands Library (Medford)
Join us for a screening of a classic example
of film noir, movies typically shot in black
and white and featuring stories of femmes
fatales, doomed heroes or anti-heroes, and tough, cynical detectives. Check the BCLS website for details.
Thursday, Oct. 6 (6:30 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (6:30 p.m.) at the Pemberton Library
Thursday, Oct. 13 (6:30 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Monday, Oct. 17 (7 p.m.) at the Bordentown Library
Friday, Oct. 28 (6:30 p.m.) at the Maple Shade Library
Saturday, Oct. 29 (2 p.m.) at the Cinnaminson Library
Thursdsay, Nov. 3 (6:30 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
The New Jersey Renaissance Faire presents an
exciting mystery program just for kids. Help figure out the clues and locate
the missing statue.
Oct. 7 (6:30 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
on the Boardwalk: A Teen Murder Mystery
Wear your best 1920s style attire to this meeting of “gangsters” and “flappers.” Enjoy snacks and “mocktails” while acting as an assigned character.
Friday, Oct. 7 (7 p.m.) at the Maple Shade
Ellis Parker: Burlington County’s First Detective
Marisa Bozarth of the Burlington County Parks Department and Prison Museum shares the history of Burlington County’s first Chief Detective who played an infamous role in the Lindbergh kidnapping case and was
one of the most well-known and respected detectives of his time.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m.) at the County
Wednesday, Oct. 19 (7 p.m.) at the Bordentown
Share your thoughts during these lively group discussions about Dashiell Hammett’s classic thriller “The Maltese Falcon.”
Oct. 12 (7 p.m.) at the Riverton Library
Friday, Oct. 14 (6 p.m.) at Hob Tavern,
Friday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) at the Maple Shade
Saturday, Oct. 15 (noon) at the Pinelands
Tuesday, Oct. 18 (2 p.m.) at the Pemberton
Thursday, Oct. 20 (6:30 p.m.) at the County
Monday, Oct. 31 (2 p.m.) at the Cinnaminson
Monday, Oct. 31 (2 p.m.) at the Evesham
the Falcon: Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade
“Meet the man” who wrote some of the most famous mysteries while becoming a mystery himself, as presented by Bob Gleason of American Historical Theater.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Oct. 25 (7 p.m.) at the Cinnaminson Library
with Birding Basics
The Rancocas Nature Center shares activities designed to introduce bird topography, classification, ID skills and more. It’s a great way to begin a lifetime of observing our colorful feathered friends. Recommended
for adults and children ages 10 and up.
Oct. 20 (7 p.m.) at the Riverton Library
Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
From Pulps to Pop Culture: The Literature and Legacy of Dashiell Hammett
Join Julie Rivett, Dashiell Hammett’s granddaughter, as she recounts the author’s journey from the pulp fiction marketplace to literary fame.
Oct. 22 (11 a.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Why Read “The Maltese Falcon?”
Granddaughter Julie Rivett shares the many facets of the Falcon and how Hammett’s life influenced his writing of the novel. Learn why this book is considered one of America’s most important and enduring works of fiction.
Oct. 22 (2 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Join us for an interactive crafting session and design your own
film noir themed charm bracelet. (Seating is limited and early registration is
Oct. 26 (2 p.m.) at the Evesham Library
Nov. 2 (6 p.m.) at the Pemberton Library
Nov. 5 (1 p.m.) at the County Library
“The Maltese Falcon Radio Show” Theatre Program ($)
Sit back and enjoy our big finale presented by Bridge Players Theatre Company, the LUX Radio Theatre version of “The Maltese Falcon,” which aired in 1942. Please note, tickets for
this event cost $5 each and are available at your local BCLS branch.
Nov. 12 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
Nov. 13 (2 p.m.) at the County Library (Westampton)
(609) 267-9660, ext. 3081