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One Book One Belmont and the celebration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein kick off next Thursday, October 4th with two events: a special popup “Franken-library” at the Farmers’ Market from 2pm to 5pm, and a free film screening at the Belmont Studio Cinema at 6:30pm.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, a work that many credit with creating the science fiction genre, the library will be hosting programs and activities throughout the month that highlight the extraordinary nature of Frankenstein and the nineteen-year-old who wrote it. Visit the popup “Franken-library” at the Farmers’ Market Community Tent to hear about and sign up for activities throughout the month, including an art exhibit at the library, a guided tour of the MGH Museum of Medical History, a discussion on the burgeoning Chinese science fiction genre led by Dr. Jianbin Yao in Chinese, and a Frankenstein-themed escape room.

Also on October 4th, join fellow Belmontonians – and special guest, Frankenstein’s Monster – for a free screening of Mel Brooks’ cult classic comedic take on Frankenstein, starring Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Marty Feldman as Igor, and Cloris Leachman as Frau Blücher. The Belmont Studio Cinema will be hosting the screening, starting at 6:30pm.

The Library will end its month long celebration on the evening Thursday, November 1st at the Beech Street Center with biographer Charlotte Gordon, author of Romantic Outlaws: The extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley. Gordon will discuss Wollstonecraft’s influence on Shelley, as well as how the two “broke from the strictures that governed women’s conduct not once but time and again, profoundly challenging the moral code of the day.”

One Book One Belmont 2018 is supported by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library and the following co-sponsors: Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Books, Belmont Chinese American Association, Belmont Citizen-Herald and WickedLocal Belmont, Belmont Food Collaborative, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont Garden Club, Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Library Foundation, Belmont Media Center, Belmont Studio Cinema, Council on Aging, Department of Public Works, and Human Rights Commission.

Please visit onebookonebelmont.com, ask one of the library’s reference staff, or call 617-993-2870 for more information.