Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens


Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the enduringly popular and influential author Charles Dickens.

For students who are just getting to know Dickens, School Library Journal has a good article that includes a bibliography of materials and websites for a variety of age groups.

Dickens 2012 gives details of Dickens-anniversary celebrations that are taking place all over the world throughout the year. For example, today is the British Council's global 24-hour read-a-thon, a read-aloud extravaganza with participants from China, Russia, Albania, Pakistan, and twenty other countries reading excerpts from Dickens novels.

As for us, we're planning a Dickens event as well - a presentation by Albert Cremin of chapters of his one-man show, Introducing Mr. Charles Dickens. The show will take place at the Central Library on Sunday, February 19th at 2:30 p.m. - save the date! You can read more about it here.

Links to full-text online versions of Dickens's works can be found here and the Library's holdings of Dickens items can be found here. Happy reading - and happy birthday, beloved author!

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