30 Oct 2018

Frankenreads in Bologna

By |2018-10-18T10:54:37-04:00October 30, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

On 30 and 31 of October Bologna will celebrate Mary Shelley’s novel across the city with a great number of events: readings in squares and public spaces;  books display; creative writing contest in secondary schools; Frankenstein film festival; round tables on Monsters, Science, Contexts and Media; guided tour to the Anatomical Theatre of Archiginnasio; Literary Tour on a Red City Bus; a night at the Palazzo Poggi Museum; a marathon reading at the Theatre Arena del Sole from 10 pm to 6 am .  These events have been organized by the Interuniversity Centre for Romantic Studies (CISR) of the University of Bologna, in collaboration with the Departments of ARTS (DAR), the  Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LILEC) of the University of Bologna, Cineteca of Bologna,  Palazzo Poggi Museum, Archiginnasio; Salaborsa, Arena del Sole (ERT), Red City Bus, Bologna City Council.

22 Oct 2018


By |2018-10-25T14:12:32-04:00October 22, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are pleased to take part in the NEH-funded initiative of the Keats-Shelley Association of America to honor the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, featuring  a creative writing contest, a one-woman show, a mobile, marathon reading of the full text of the novel at 9 different sites around Vanderbilt’s campus, student digital media projects, and two movie screenings. Details below!

October 22 – 28, 2018  •  Midnight Submission Deadline
In honor of the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ghoulish tale, Frankenstein, we are challenging undergraduate and graduate students to write a scary story of their own! In 1-2 pages, respond to one of the Frankenstein-themed writing prompts (found here). Submissions will be accepted between October 22-28th with the top three freakishly Frankensteinian tales announced and awarded prizes at the October 31st reception.

October 28, 2018  •  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  •  Central Library Reading Room
MARY’S MONSTER  (poster available)
‘Mary’s Monster’ is an original work written and performed by Maggie Lou Rader which explores  a dark night near the end Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s life, when she wrestles with the ghosts of her dead children, her sister, her famous husband, her mother, and Frankenstein, her most famous creation. Death has loomed over her entire life, and now, shovel in hand, she will reckon with it, one way or another.  (MarysMonsterAdvert)

October 31, 2018  •  8:00 am – 10:00 pm*  •  Sites Across Campus
8:00 am       
Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ The Commons Lobby
9:00 am       
Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Peabody Library Steps
10:00 am     Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Eskind Library
11:00 am     Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Rand Dining Hall Porch
Noon              Central Library Events – Student exhibits, a ‘Frankenstein’ Rare Books Exhibition (in the Library Community Room), Writing contest winners announcement, and a reception featuring ghoulishly appropriate food and beverages
1:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Benson Science Hall
2:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Kirkland Hall Steps
3:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Kissam Center Patio
4:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Law School Lobby


October 31, 2018  •  6-10 pm  •  Sarratt Student Center 216 & 220
Viewers will see two of the following films: Universal Studio’s 1931 Frankenstein staring Boris Karloff as the monster and Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, Mel Brook’s 1974 hilarious Young Frankenstein featuring Peter Boyle as the monster and Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, or the 2015 modern take on Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Victor.

Join us at Sarratt Student Center (Room 216 & 220) to see one or both movies. The first movie begins running promptly at 6.  Feel free to come and go as you please but remember to be courteous and quiet when entering or exiting when the movie is playing. Popcorn and beverages will served throughout the event.

19 Oct 2018

Film Night: Bride of Frankenstein

By |2018-10-04T22:18:07-04:00October 19, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Join us after-hours in the library for a classic spooky film to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein!  In this 1935 film, Elsa Lanchester plays Mary Shelley as she delivers a frightening sequel to her famous monster story, in an iconic portrayal of the Bride of Frankenstein! Recommended for ages 10 & up.

In addition, throughout the month of October, check out the library’s book display highlighting the many adaptations of the Frankenstein story and the life of author Mary Shelley!

1 Oct 2018

One Book One Belmont

By |2018-10-30T16:14:12-04:00October 1, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

27 Sep 2018

Frankenstein: Far More than a Horror Story!

By |2018-09-17T10:23:03-04:00September 27, 2018|Tags: , , , |

For Frankenstein‘s bicentennial, join us for a three-session in-depth exploration of this fascinating and still-relevant novel. Frankenstein is far more than a horror story—it addresses issues like the responsibility of the scientist/creator/inventor for the consequences of creation and discovery; how technological progress impacts human moral and emotional development; and, last but not least, discrimination against the deformed, ugly, or maladaptive. We’ll discuss all this and more, with an emphasis on the ethical implications of this timeless work.

Note: Read the first six chapters of Frankenstein by the first class. We recommend an annotated version of the book, either the 1818 edition (preferred) or the 1831 edition. Both will be discussed.