Library to celebrate 200th anniversary of Frankenstein in October

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200 this year. The Ridgefield Library is celebrating the anniversary with an array of programs.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200 this year. The Ridgefield Library is celebrating the anniversary with an array of programs.

People around the world are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which she wrote when she was just 19 years old. The Ridgefield Library will be joining the fun with a series of lectures, book discussions, film screenings, and more in a series called Still Alive! 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Some of the highlights of the series are as follows:  

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Ridgefield Playhouse will be a screening of National Theatre Live – Frankenstein, which was captured in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the creation and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., Dr. Arthur Caplan will present a lecture about the Frontiers of Medical Ethics. Professor Caplan is currently the founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. 

On Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., there will be a screening and discussion of James Whale’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Mark Edwards, who teaches Media Studies at Sacred Heart University will introduce the films and lead a discussion afterwards.

Dr. Mark Schenker, Yale College, will be at the Library on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. to give a lecture called Frankenstein’s Creature: A Monster for Its Time—and Ours. Attendees are encouraged to read the book before attending.

Retired English teacher Barb Jennes will lead a book discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

On Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., there will be Frankenstein Movie Marathon. Refreshments will be served. Check the Library website for films and times.

Gail Carson Levine, author of the Newbery Medal Ella Enchanted will be at the Library to discuss her new companion novel, Ogre Enchanted on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. This program is for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult! Books will be available for sale thanks to Books on the Common.

There will also be many fun, Frankenstein-inspired programs for children taking place this fall.  

Still Alive! is made possible thanks to the Friend of the Library. To register for program or for more information visit or call 203-438-2282.