“The Great Read 2011” ends with “old fashioned” visit, talk with author of book about technology’s impact
Technology can do a lot of wonderful things, but sometimes there is nothing better than an old-fashioned, face-to-face conversation.
“The Great Read 2011” will end this year’s program with a visit and chat with William Powers, author of this year’s featured book, “Hamlet’s Blackberry” – which focuses on the impact of technology on our lives.
The Great Read Gala Event/Finale will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011 in the University Dining Room at Lewis University, Route 53, in Romeoville.
The Gala Event/Finale is free and open to the public. A Nook e-reader will be given away, and light refreshments will be served.
“Hamlet’s Blackberry” is a fascinating, thought-provoking look at the role technology plays in our lives, and how to manage technology so that it doesn’t overtake our lives.
This year’s Great Read program has explored that topic through several events including a visit via Skype with the author; an evening of old fashioned board games; a writing contest in which the prize is online publication of the winning entries; and an art contest to express what technology has meant through visual media.
The winning art pieces, books and essays will be displayed and prizes will be awarded at the Entries will be displayed and prizes awarded at Gala Event/Finale.
“The issues and ideas that Mr. Powers’s raises are powerful and fascinating because they are both timely, and timeless,” said Ceil Carey, Outreach Director for the Plainfield Public Library.
Powers contends that technology can and should be balanced with more “traditional” forms of communication, most especially basic face-to-face interaction. He points out that every technological revolution has caused equal parts celebration and consternation as society has adjusted to the changes.
“Mr. Powers does a great job of presenting both sides of the issue around technology. So, after talking to him over the Internet, we very much look forward to enjoying an evening with him in person,” Carey said.
The Great Read was created in 2004 and designed to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community in the greater Plainfield area.
“The Great Read” is presented by the Plainfield School District 202; the Plainfield, Joliet, Fountaindale and Shorewood Public Libraries; and the Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville Barnes & Noble stores.
It is supported by a generous grant from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence, and additional funding from Plainfield Township and participating member organizations.
Visit the Great Read web site for more information about The Great Read, this year’s program and the Great Read Art Contest: www.psd202.org/greatread.
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