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McHenry library to host author, filmmaker Michael Anthony

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – When writer Michael Anthony asked groups of teens “What is it that bullies you?” he never dreamed he’d get so many responses.

One anonymous letter came from a young man named Billy. The overwhelming response and this one letter touched Anthony so much that he decided to return to his hometown of Wheeling to produce a feature-length documentary titled “For Billy.”  

The documentary spun off a best-selling book, “the anthology of anonymoUS,” a collection of some of the letters he received, then the creation of a nonprofit program called “the anonymoUS initiative,” an anti-bullying movement dedicated to helping people of all ages, races, demographics and orientations explore the secret bully that lives inside of each of us.

Anthony will talk about his book, the letters he’s received and his unique take on bullying in a special program, “What is it that Bullies YOU? – Redefining the word ‘Bully,’ ” hosted by the McHenry Public Library beginning at 7 p.m. April 10.

This program is free and open to all ages.

For information, or to register for this program, go to www.mchenrylibrary.org, stop by at 809 N. Front St. (Route 31) in McHenry, or call 815-385-0036.      

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