Submitted by pparente on

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
                                                                                                                                                    (609) 267-9660

DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016                                                                                         Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                                                    (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081  

Tickets Now Available for the Nov. 12-13 Shows in the County Library Auditorium

You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the LUX Radio Theatre version of “The Maltese Falcon” presented live at the Burlington County Library this fall!

As part of the Burlington County Library System’s NEA Big Read celebration, the Bridge Players Theatre Company will present three exciting performances of the classic radio show that aired in 1942. The performances are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at the County Library in Westampton. Tickets cost $5 each and are available at all BCLS branches.

A cultural phenomenon, LUX Radio Theatre starred the finest of Hollywood’s elite players in adaptions of popular movies. The upcoming library theatre performances are based on the 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston in his directorial debut. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards.

The Maltese Falcon radio shows will cap the library system’s seven-week series of special performances, book discussions, film screenings and more focusing on Dashiell Hammett’s thrilling and classic detective tale.

Published in 1930, Hammett’s third novel featured private detective Sam Spade and set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. With clean prose and sharp dialogue, the book that offers plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader flipping pages and searching for clues has captivated three generations.

In addition to the upcoming radio show performances, BCLS is also excited to host two presentations by Dashiell Hammett’s granddaughter Julie Rivett in the County Library auditorium: “From Pulps to Pop Culture: The Literature and Legacy of Dashiell Hammett” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., and “Why Read The Maltese Falcon?” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Admission to both programs is free, but registration is required.

For more information about the other exciting Big Read programs remaining on the BCLS calendar this fall, please visit or call (609) 267-9660.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read is designed to help broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. BCLS is one of just 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive grant funding to host this full calendar of events for county residents.

The mission of the Burlington County Library System is to enrich lives by providing opportunities for learning, growth and personal development. BCLS includes the County Library in Westampton, and branches in Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Medford (Pinelands), Maple Shade, Pemberton, and Riverton.


# # #