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Racine Correctional Institution Participates in The Big Read
Date: February 12, 2015 11:24AM

Racine Correctional Institution Participates in The Big Read

Racine Correctional Institution (Wisconsin) was recently invited to collaborate with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UW-P) in The Big Read. As part of The Big Read, RCI received 22 copies of Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451, both in English and in Spanish, for inmates to read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage people to read for pleasure and enrichment. Many events were held at various locations in the Racine and Kenosha area throughout the event, which ran from September 22 through October 24, 2014.

In addition to receiving the donation of books, RCI inmates also participated in a special book discussion of Fahrenheit 451 at RCI, led by UW-P librarians Melissa Olson and Anna Stadick. During the thought provoking discussion, inmates touched on such issues as freedom of information, censorship, the dangers of technology, and the rapidly disappearing sense of community in society. RCI inmates, as well as the librarian, Kimberly Graba, were engaged and enlightened by the reading and discussion of Fahrenheit 451 and look forward to continued participation in the next Big Read.

“'You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” - Ray Bradbury

by: Kimberly Graba, RCI

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