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Governors State University kicks off its Big Read program in celebration of Ray Bradbury’s science fiction masterpiece Fahrenheit 451 with a full lineup of events starting on September 26, in conjunction with Banned Book Week. The Big Read in Chicago’s Southland is presented in partnership with six area libraries, The Michelle Obama School for the Arts and GSU’s Library, Visual Arts Gallery, Center for Performing Arts and Knowledge Exchange.

Participating libraries include Steger/Chicago Heights Library District, Manteno, Peotone, Crete, Richton Park, and University Park Libraries. Library events include a book sale, toddler story time, movie viewings and discussions, a teen graphic novel book discussion, teen play scenes/spoken word acts, events for youth on fire safety and more.