Feb. 17, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birthday. Born Charles John Huffman Dickens, he is considered to be the greatest English novelist of the Victorian period.
Charles Dickens published over a dozen major novels, a large number of short stories (including a number of Christmas-themed stories), a handful of plays, and several non-fiction books. He is the author of "David Copperfield, "A Tale of Two Cities," "Great Expectations" and "A Christmas Carol," to name a few.
"To celebrate 200 years of Dickens, the Western Pocono Community Library is going to be showing some of Dickens' movies on Feb. 4, 18, and 25 at 12 p.m. and the TAB and NiteLite groups are showing how they celebrate 200 years of Dickens by performing their adaptation of one of Dickens' most read and talked about novels, 'Oliver Twist,' on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.," says Patti Weiss, assistant to the library director.
The admission to the performances are free but donations will be gladly appreciated. There will be popcorn sale $.50 a bag.
Their play "Oliver Twist" is an adaptation of the original novel with some rewrites by Weiss and Megan Bush-Weiss, the student director.
"Charles Dickens made an impact on the literary world as well as in the lives of many people. Dickens very rarely sugar-coated what life was like in 1830s London. We have taken this dark and violent novel and turned it into a meaningful short version of the story. The group of more than 24 local young people have been working very hard since December to perfect this production. They have been studying their lines and rehearsing every Wednesday night. It is amazing to watch how they have gone from the first Wednesday in December auditioning parts to successfully bringing Dickens' words and scenes to life on the stage. I am so very proud of each and everyone of these students, from the student director to the cast and the stage crew. They have stepped up to the plate and are going to knock your socks off with this adaptation," says Weiss proudly. "I hope the public comes out to support them. Plus they'll see a really great tribute to a great author."
TAB (Teen Advisory Board) is a group of students in grades 7 to 12 who meet once a month to plan special programming the library's young people, assist the library in collection development teens and sometimes there are also special programs just for TAB members. TAB is always looking new members and will be taking the drama angle throughout the year, hosting more productions and showing off their amazing talents.
NiteLite is a literary group students in grades 3 to 6. This group also meets once a month. Each month there is a special program whether it is learning Internet Safety, discussing favorite mysteries, or helping TAB with their drama productions.
TAB and NiteLite are always looking new members. This March there is a Duct Tape Contest. Any student in grades 3 to 12 can enter a Duct Tape project, anything they can make with 90 percent Duct Tape. Registration forms are at the library with all the rules and important dates. Both groups meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
The Western Pocono Community Library is located on Pilgrim's Way, just off Rt. 115, across from Pleasant Valley Middle School in Brodheadsville. If you have any questions, please call 570-992-7934, email firstname.lastname@example.org  or visit its website at www.wpcl.lib.pa.us .