Published September 6, 2007


The Pleasanton Public Library will launch its Big Read program in celebration of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon with special events scheduled throughout the community in September and October 2007. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest and is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

The Big Read Events
Members of the community are invited to help celebrate The Maltese Falcon as part of the Pleasanton Public Library's Big Read Events. Pleasanton is one of over 100 communities nationwide participating in the 2007 Big Read, and a wide variety of fun-filled events centering around The Maltese Falcon have been planned in Pleasanton throughout September and October. Events include talks by famous mystery authors, a dramatized version of The Maltese Falcon presented by The Calaveras Repertory Theater, a series of Saturday night film noir screenings hosted by Las Positas College, a mystery theater dinner at the Pleasanton Hotel, a book club, a walking tour of the streets of San Francisco for the Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour, The Big Read Bash and more. Everyone in Pleasanton is invited to participate in this city wide promotion of literature.

Federal Grant
The Pleasanton Public Library will receive a federal matching grant to create a reading and discussion program of the classic detective novel, The Maltese Falcon. The Big Read in Pleasanton is presented in partnership with Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, the Pleasanton Downtown Association, the Pleasanton PTA Council, The Pleasanton Hotel, Calaveras Repertory Theater, The Pleasanton Weekly, and Towne Center Books. Pleasanton was chosen as just one of 118 communities across the country to participate in the program.

Additional Information
Additional information relating to the event and sponsorship opportunities is available. Please feel free to use the contact information below for details.

Contact Information
Penny Johnson
Pleasanton Public Library
400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, California 94566
(925) 931-3405   phone     (925) 846-8517   fax     pjohnson@ci.pleasanton.ca.us  e-mail
www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/library    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW