Brookfield Library’s shared reading program includes chance to win ‘Hamilton’ tickets
BROOKFIELD — Fans trying to get tickets to Broadway’s “Hamilton” have likely found themselves feeling pretty “helpless.”
But Brookfield residents might be able to win some if they participate in the library’s “One Town, One Read” initiative, where the community will read “My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton” by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.
The “One Town, One Read” program is intended to build community spirit by encouraging residents to read and discuss the same book.
“We are thrilled to be starting the One Town, One Read program here in Brookfield with such a compelling novel,” Library Director Yvonne Cech said in a release.
The fictional book is written from the perspective of Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers and the country’s first treasury secretary. Eliza Hamilton helped found the New York Orphan Asylum Society, the first private orphanage in New York City. The organization is now known as Graham Windham and provides a school and other family and community support for kids and parents.
The Brookfield Library is offering a series of programs this summer, ending with a visit from the authors of “My Dear Hamilton” and a grand prize offering of “Hamilton” tickets on Sept. 8.
The Broadway musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of Hamilton’s role in the American Revolution and early American politics, his relationship with Eliza and his fatal duel with former Vice President Aaron Burr.
Participants can win prizes by attending events and reading “My Dear Hamilton” or other companion books from the library’s list.
A community book discussion on “My Dear Hamilton” will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 21.
A “Fashion & Fiction” program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. July 25 with Kandie Carle, a professional costumer designer, who will discuss historical clothing from that period.
And Ron Chernow’s biography “Alexander Hamilton,” which inspired the musical, will also be discussed at 6:30 p.m. July 31 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Bev York, a historian and educator, will hold a lecture on Alexander Hamilton’s popularity from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8.