Grand Opening of Bradburyville

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by Gabrielle Riel on Sunday, 5 October, 2008

Alliance Library System, a pioneer in the use of virtual worlds to promote librarianship and reading, will unveil a unique “walk-in” book during the grand opening of their newest Second Life project, Bradburyville. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. SL time, and is part of The Big Read Initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is open to the public.

Alliance developed the walk-in book concept as a way to further immerse visitors into the novel Fahrenheit 451, the seminal work by writer Ray Bradbury. Visitors will dress as the books protagonist, literally walk through the cover of a large copy of Fahrenheit 451, then watch and interact as scenes from the book appear around them. Narrations describes the action and themes of the story as the scenes change and evolve. Participants are left with a question to ponder regarding what book they most value or would choose to protect.

In addition to experiencing Fahrenheit 451, additional events and activities will be available during the grand opening. The schedule is:

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Guided Tours available of Bradbury ville, with time to experience the walk-in book and other areas of the island

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Professor Logsdon of Eureka College will give a lecture entitled “Bradbury the Man” — this will be broadcast live on Radio Riel’s Main Stream at

7 p.m. Music and Social Time; Additional tours available — - this will be broadcast live on Radio Riel’s Main Stream at

All events are open to the public. Those unable to attend the Grand Opening are invited to visit Bradburyville on their own, or to take part in additional guided tours available in coming weeks. A full schedule of tours may be found at the Bradburyville welcome area.

In addition to Fahrenheit 451, other Bradbury novels featured on the island include Dandelion Wine, the Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.


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