BANGOR — The Bangor Public Library will host another Bangor Reads! community event during May. This year’s selection is the classic childhood favorite, “Alice in Wonderland.” Throughout May, the library will hosting a series of events encompassing the book Extra copies of the book are on hand at the library for the community to borrow and read.
“Although many consider it a children’s story, there really is a lot more to it. It is one of the most quoted works of literature in English,” said Barbara McDade, library director. “Although most people know the story, few have read this classic work.”
The month’s events will kick off with a croquet game on the library’s lawn at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, weather permitting, and a Scrabble tournament in the Reading Room. Few know that Charles Dodson, the man behind the penname Lewis Carroll, invented the game that would become the modern, familiar family favorite, Scrabble, McDade said.
Tuesday, May 6th at 5:00 p.m. the library will welcome the Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, as members perform some of their favorite scenes from the adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” A question and answer session will follow. Playwright and University of Maine faculty member Travis Baker will lead a talk on the “Disneyfication” of childhood classics at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.
The month will wrap up with a performance from Bangor Ballet at 4 p.m. Friday, May 30. Dancers will perform a scene from their upcoming “Alice in Wonderland Ballet” and will be available for questions after the performance.
Bangor Reads! is a Bangor Public Library sponsored event. It started as a means to encourage the community to read the same book at the same time, allowing people to discuss the work standing in line at the grocery store, at the dining room tabl, or at the barber shop — as well as having in-depth discussions at the library or in a local book group.
Other happenings May Happenings at the Library include:
• Law Day 2014, noon-2 p.m. Thursday, May 1. Maine lawyers Brett Baber and Chris Largay will speak with the public about issues of access to courts and justice. Participants in Law Day 2014 will have an opportunity to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals. In addition, some attendees will have the opportunity for a brief private consultation with an attorney about personal legal matters.
• Author Kate Webber speak about her new book, “Swans Island Chronicles” f2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Lecture Hall.
For information call the library at 947-8336 or visit bangorpubliclibrary.org.