Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of the most read British novels in the world. The story, one of the first examples of science fiction, is such an influential work that students are introduced to the text in classrooms and pop culture. For centuries readers have been enthralled with the story of Dr. Frankenstein who deified the laws of nature by creating life through an unorthodox experiment. The “Creature” also referred to as Frankenstein is a deep and intelligent being, which adds another layer of complexity to the story. Mary Shelley was only 18 when she penned the story, publishing it anonymously at the tender age of 20. The year was 1818, a time when women were still gaining acceptance as female authors. Only after its success, a positive reception aided by its adaptation into a stage play, did Shelley add her name to the story.
In 2018, Frankenstein celebrates its 200th anniversary. Join in a global conversation accompanied by crafting events, movie screenings and book club meetings this October at the Valley Ranch Library and East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road. Frankenreads events are as follows:
Events for children and teens:
Frankenreads: Movie and Crafts
October 31, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road
Watch Hotel Transylvania 3 (rated PG) and make Frankenstein themed crafts and snacks.
Frankenreads: Frankenstein Book Discussion (Ages 15 and up)
October 29, 2018, 7 to 8 p.m.
Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
Join us for a book discussion of Frankenstein. Copies of Frankenstein will be available for check out at the Valley Ranch Library information desk starting October 1st. The book discussion will take place in the quiet study room behind the information desk.
Events for adults:
Frankenreads: Dark Arts and Crafts for Adults (Registration Required)
October 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Paint Frankenstein-themed face. All supplies are provided. Advance registration is required at the Valley Ranch Library information desk starting Monday, October 1.
Frankenreads: Frightful Frankenstein Film Fest
October 12, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Valley Ranch Library
Screen the original 1931 version of Frankenstein (NR, 1 hr 10 min) and the original 1935 version of the Bride of Frankenstein both starring Boris Karloff (NR 1hr 15 Min).
Frankenreads: Dark Arts and Crafts for Adults
October 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Attend a Color Me Calm event with a Frankenstein-themed twist. All supplies are provided.
October 19, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Paint a Frankenstein-themed face wine glass. All supplies are provided. Advance registration is required at the Valley Ranch Library information desk starting Monday, October 8th.