The Florida Public Library will host “A Christmas Carol Community Reading” on Sat., Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Charles Dickens’ holiday classic will be read aloud by a group of volunteers who hope the reading will become an annual event.
Readers include director Madelyn Folino, librarian Sara Johnson, board president Diane Arcieri and Joan Zombek, ESL Teacher from Golden Hill Elementary School and Melissa Baron, Library Media Specialist from S.S. Seward Institute. Attentive listeners of all ages are invited to attend the reading which is estimated to take about two hours from start to finish. Light refreshments will be served.
A Christmas Carol was published in December 1843 and has never been out of print since. The novella of five chapters, called “staves” by Dickens to complement his musical title, was inspired by the author’s passionate beliefs about poverty, social injustice and the revival of English yuletide traditions, and includes humor and a selection of memorable ghosts to keep the narrative moving.
Dickens himself gave his first public dramatic reading with the text of A Christmas Carol ten years after its publication and the little book that never made as much money as he hoped, is widely credited with giving everyone such expressions as “Merry Christmas!” “Bah! Humbug!” and “Scrooge” meaning a miserly person.
To sign up to attend the reading, visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org and click on “Calendar” or call 651-7659 for more information. While admission to the program is free, attendees are encouraged to bring packaged dried goods or canned food for the library’s donation bin for the Florida Food Pantry. A prize winner for a holiday basket for the benefit of the library will also be drawn at the close of the program. Tickets are on sale until then, $1 each or six for $5.