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LIBRARY PROGRAM

November 29, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

 A humanities-based family reading program with six storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.

November 24, 2014

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Crime and Punishment

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma Reading and Discussion Group.  A Lesson Before Dying.  Presented by Abigail Keegan.

November 22, 2014

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone's multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century.  You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

November 20, 2014

Exploring the Ottawa Library

The Ottawa Library has been in existence for 133 years. A panel of library leaders explore the historical impact of the library as it pertains to the quality of life in our community.

November 18, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

 In this series, we will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness as we explore the diversity and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

November 15, 2014

Grandmother's Dust Bowl Garden

Drawing from first-hand accounts, this talk explores the vegetables, flowers, and medicinal herbs these women cultivated within the harshest conditions during the Great Depression. By experimenting with and cultivating hardy breeds many women were able to augment their families' menu, larder, meals, and mood.

November 7, 2014

Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories

Presentation by Jerome Kills Small.  Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends).

November 6, 2014

Sevdalinka: A Musical Tour of Bosnia

Drawn from Turkish, Greek, Slavic and German traditions, sevdalinka is a ballad form unique to Bosnia.

October 22, 2014

Muslim Journeys Films

Muslim Journeys Films are free, library-based film and discussion series.

October 21, 2014

Still Allies? The U.S. and Europe

World in Your Library is a free, library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

October 18, 2014

Beyond the Textbooks

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Traitor's Wife, by Allison Pataki.

October 14, 2014

What it Means to be a Mainer

Within a meticulously researched performance, Maine at Work takes historical documents and characters, humor, little known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), and perspectives from real Mainers to show the pattern of work in Maine.

October 12, 2014

The Engine of Infrastructure by railroad historian Robert Hirning

Mr. Hirning quotes Edna St. Vincent Millay in saying "There isn't a train I wouldn't take no matter where it’s going."

October 11, 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Stiff Upper Lips

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and The Woman in White film presentation by Dr. Celeste McMaster. Dr. McMaster specializes in 19th century British literature, with secondary emphases in 20th century British and creative writing.

October 5, 2014

Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales

The dramatic retellings, some sung as ballads, are accompanied on 16th Century Renaissance lute set to 16th century French and English ballad tunes.

October 3, 2014

Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past

In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. 

October 1, 2014

Women and the World Wars First Discussion: Return of the Soldier

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West.

September 25, 2014

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

September 21, 2014

George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring

The Culper Spy Ring was created on Long Island in 1778 by then-Dragoon Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Setauket, under Washington's leadership.

September 19, 2014

Your Florida Story, Made-to-Order

Your group's story is as important a piece of Florida history as that of any other.

September 8, 2014

The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, the fact is many of the pioneers of this indigenous American art form were North Carolina born and bred.

September 8, 2014 to September 9, 2014

Hiking in Penn's Woods: A History

Discover the unique culture of hiking that emerged out of local clubs and provided an impetus for "getting back to nature" throughout most of the 20th century

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams features forty finely detailed photographs that evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

August 21, 2014

Time Travel in Popular Culture

Learn how the depiction of time travel has changed in literature and film and discuss the reasons for its continuing popular appeal.

August 20, 2014

Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.

August 16, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

August 9, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education.

July 29, 2014

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience.

July 10, 2014

Made in the USA: The Music of Aaron Copland

Copland was our first composer to achieve international fame.

July 9, 2014

The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Young Ike worked various jobs, from selling vegetables and his mother's hot tamales door-to-door, to laboring as a farmhand and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery.  He managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities.

July 7, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history.

June 29, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

This presentation will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural hindrances to create a work of art, "The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World."

June 19, 2014

Author! Author! Literary Series: Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006.

June 18, 2014

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

June 17, 2014

The Shaker Legacy

Darryl Thompson shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

June 16, 2014

The Connecticut: New England's Great River

Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks.

June 10, 2014

Treading Lightly or Stomping

Overview of mankind’s impact on the earth, using songs, poems, and stories with environmental themes.

June 8, 2014

Nebraska Archaeology: 10,000 B.C.E. to Circa 1800 C.E.

This program discusses the lengthy human occupation prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans in Nebraska.

June 6, 2014

The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What It Means for You

Is the role of journalism to provide stories that we want to hear or news that we need to hear?

June 5, 2014

Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-1945

The Conquerors reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Truman's private struggles with their aides and Churchill and Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.

June 1, 2014

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

Although their role will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots or stormy political campaigns, it is books that have at times most powerfully influenced social change in American life.

May 30, 2014

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery.  Oklahoma Humanities Council's Reading and Discussion Group presented by Sara Jane Richter.

May 21, 2014

Stories, Songs and Sodbusters

The presentation features homesteader’s songs of hope and then disappointment as they traveled to the “Great American Desert.”

May 15, 2014

Mapping Latino Musical Migrations

There are stories that run deeper than catchy lyrics might suggest. The instruments, the language, the style – even a song’s structure can show us how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities.

May 13, 2014

An Evening to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

As a child in Nazi Germany, Martin Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps and lost 28 family members, including his parents and siblings.

May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

The War & Society Roundtable is a joint initiative of University of Southern Mississippi and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.    Each meeting focuses on a different book related to the history of war and society, which are made available to participants through the Library.

May 12, 2014

New Books, New Readers - Choosing Freedom

 New Books, New Readers is a humanities-based book discussion for adults who are new readers or who are working to improve their reading.

May 6, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle East and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region.

April 27, 2014

Buffalo Bill's Nebraska

Author Jeff Barnes tells the story of Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide to the rich and famous, as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and his enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today.

April 17, 2014

A Banjo Pickin' Girl

Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002) was a strongly self-reliant housewife, mother and figure of the women's movement.  Reed grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, where she learned traditional music and an old banjo style from her elders. During the Depression her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she later began her career.

April 10, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

April 8, 2014

Walt Whitman and The Civil War: A Test of Poetry/A Vision of Democracy

Revisit and rediscover, through the language of Walt Whitman, “the real war [that] would never get in books.”

April 8, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

Discover the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness.

April 1, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East Book Club: I Shall Not Hate

The book club series explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle east and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region

March 15, 2014

Exploring the life and the legacy of Emilie Blackmore Stapp (1876-1962)

An American children's author and philanthropist whose writing career spanned more than 50 years.

March 4, 2014

What Makes a Memory?

Humanities based book discussion.

March 1, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

A humanities-based family reading program.

February 27, 2014

Created Equal: The Abolitionists Discussion

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

February 26, 2014

The Spirit of Motown

The sounds Motown created bridged racial divides and produced more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and The Beatles combined. Experience the sounds of Motown and discover the story behind the legend.

February 25, 2014

Let’s Talk About Preserving African-American Historic Sites

Discussion about the many African American sites that exist, explaining what comprises an historic site and what can be done to preserve them.

February 22, 2014

African American Children's Authors

Stories written by black authors take us to many intriguing places and introduce us to unforgettable characters such as talking animals and trickster heroes and heroines.

February 15, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston: A Little Sweat and a Lot of Spunk

Connect with Zora Neale Hurston, the famous African American novelist and folklorist from Florida, when Dr. Lynn Hawkins presents an enactment of Hurston's 1928 story entitled "Sweat."

February 12, 2014

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book discussion that explores Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals," a biographical portrait of President Abraham Lincoln and the men who served in his cabinet from 1861 to 1865. Following the discussion, the public is invited to view Steven Spielburg's 2012 film, "Lincoln," which was derived from Goodwin's book.

February 10, 2014

African American Women Domestics: The Story of Two Kansans

Growing up in rural Nicodemus, Kansas, in the large Williams family, Ernestine and Charlesetta learned basic cleaning and cooking skills from their mother and grandmother who had been enslaved in Kentucky by the family of Vice President Richard M. Johnson.

February 6, 2014

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Chocolate: Food of the Gods.  Money doesn't grow on trees, but chocolate does!

February 3, 2014

Highlighting the Legacy: African-Americans in Mississippi

The presentation explores the intracultural experiences of Mississippi African Americans which helped produce successful educators, entrepreneurs, Civil Rights leaders, physicians, attorneys and parents.

January 29, 2014

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

January 28, 2014

Growing Up in the 1950s: The Hopes and Frustrations of a Prosperous Age

A presentation on the conflicting currents of the 1950s

January 20, 2014

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!  Arrested, tried and convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election, Miss Anthony became the symbol of the struggle for women's suffrage.

January 18, 2014

San Angelo History Harvest

San Angelo History Harvest.

January 14, 2014 to May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

War & Society Roundtable Discussion.  The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the University of Southern Mississippi to expand its War & Society Roundtable to a wi

January 13, 2014

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War - Who Were the Zuoaves?—Robert “Maynard” Kufrovich

January 13, 2014

The Underground Railroad in Quilts?

Commonwealth Speakers Program

January 5, 2014

The 2014 Bismarck State College BookTalk - “Light a Fire Within”

The 2014 Bismarck State College BookTalk. This year’s theme is “Light a Fire Within” and will discuss three outstanding books about books.

December 19, 2013

People, Purpose, and Place: Agrarian Novels in the USA

Book discussion series in which participants will explore the interconnectedness of their lives through agrarian novels that provide insight into the human ecosystem.

October 2, 2013

Arizona is for Art Lovers: Museums, Murals, and Movements Through the Ages

If requested, audience members can create a unique collage inspired by themes from Arizona’s art history.

August 28, 2013 to August 28, 2013

March on Washington Anniversary Bell Ringing

Bell ringing across the nation and around the world marks fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s  speech, "Let Freedom Ring." 

October 12, 2012 to October 14, 2012

Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

A three-day book festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October in Downtown Nashville.

May 1, 2012

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War

Scholar-led reading and discussion series at 65 libraries across the country commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and Emancipation.  The NEH-funded series draws on March