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Wilsonville Public Library
AUGUST 3: RUTH BADER GINSBURG
SEPTEMBER 7: ALLEN GINSBERG
OCTOBER 5: GRIM(M) TALES For over two hundred years, the remarkable stories of the Brothers Grimm have fascinated and sometimes terrified us. Between 1812 and 1857, seven editions of their often dark-hued folk tales--200 stories and 11 legends--found their way into the Western consciousness. This presentation first defines what a folk tale is and then explores the meticulous research that Jacob and Wilhelm undertook to accomplish their goal of collecting significant stories from around Europe; their accomplishments have created the great archetypes for much modern literature, sociology, and psychology.
DECEMBER 7: CHARLES DICKENS: THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMASCharles Dickens has famously been called “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Inspired by the writings of Washington Irving earlier in the 19th century, Dickens wrote five Christmas novellas between 1843 and 1848 and over a dozen short stories between 1852 and 1866. Each of these--including the perennial favorite A CHRISTMAS CAROL--helped to shape how the holiday season is celebrated in Britain and America. This program explores these wonderful flights of holiday fantasy and their lasting influence.
Jericho Public Library
APRIL 25: SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: MORE THAN SHERLOCKConan Doyle was not only a superb writer but also a prominent physician as well. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson, all considered milestones in crime fiction. But Doyle was a prolific writer and created many other wonderful characters; his works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels. This program goes beyond Sherlock and introduces you to equally striking works of fiction.
JULY11: NEVER TOO EARLY, NEVER TOO LATE, PART 2This two-part series profiles the lives of five child prodigies and five “plus 50” artists, composers, and painters whose lives continue to inspire us. Part One looks at the children who dazzled the world; Part Two explores the inspiring lives and contributions of older creative minds--all of which proves it’s never too early nor too late to make a difference.
AUGUST 8: TRUMAN CAPOTEWhen Truman Capote passed away in August of 1984 he left behind an enduring--and sometimes controversial--legacy of fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, and journal pieces. This program delves into both the light and shadows of one of America’s greatest writers.
SEPTEMBER 12: GODS AND MONSTERSThis program explores some of the world’s great myths with a focus on the gods and heroes who create or fight remarkable foes, both natural and invented. Whirlpools, dragons, and towering beasts are among the many challenges that humans and deities must overcome. Because these myths have become the basis for the archetypes of literature, art, and psychology, their importance to modern culture is immeasurable.
OCTOBER 10: THE SILK ROADThe Silk Road was and is a network of trade routes connecting the East and West, and was central to the economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between these regions from the 2nd century BCE to the 18th century. This program gives an overview of the miraculous, sometimes deadly, always adventure-filled land and sea routes that connected East Asia and Southeast Asia with South Asia, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, and Southern Europe.
NOVEMBER 21: THE 60-MINUTE UNIVERSEThis program, based on Dr. Bill Thierfelder’s spotlight tour of the Hall of the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History, takes you from the early years of the Universe to the excitement of space exploration today, from the remarkable formation of stars to the planets of our solar system.
DECEMBER 12: A DOZEN CHRISTMAS JEWELS
Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
JULY 20 WILLA CATHERWilla Cather is best known for her novels of life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, and in 1923, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her World War One novel, One of Ours. Cather and her family moved from Virginia to Nebraska when she was nine years old, eventually settling in the town of Red Cloud. At the age of 33, she moved to New York City, her primary home for the rest of her life. Yet it was those early years in the Great Plains that haunted her writing and she achieved recognition as a novelist of the frontier and pioneer experience. She focused on the spirit of those settlers moving into the western states, many of them European immigrants in the nineteenth century. This program looks at her writing as well as the importance of her 39-year relationship with Edith Lewis, the woman with whom--not for whom--Cather was able to create her greatest works.
AUGUST 17 PORTRAIT MAKING: JOHN SINGER SARGENTAn American who spent most of his life in Europe, a portraitist who painted landscapes, a family man who never married, and an accomplished pianist who often entertained his sitters, John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was one of the most influential portrait painters of his time, but he is also an enigma. Despite his huge body of work--900 oil paintings, more than 2,000 watercolors and a vast number of sketches and charcoal drawings--we know little about Sargent the man. Truly international, he was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, and was close friends with many of the leading artists, writers, actors, and musicians of his generation.
SEPTEMBER 21 DINOSAURS AMONG US! Look up. See that bird? Guess what? It’s really a dinosaur! And have you seen recent pictures of a T-Rex or a Raptor lately? Yes, there they are: Some of the most savage killing machines Nature ever produced--covered with feathers! This program will take us on a journey through time to show how some of the great theropods (dinosaurs that walked on their hind legs) not only possessed feathers, but survived the great asteroid extinction of 65 million years ago and evolved into modern birds. We’ll explore the latest scientific research and discoveries along with photos and artist’s renderings of amazing ancient creatures that have become our airborne companions today. From their “fuzzy” beginnings over 200 million years ago to the ten thousand species that we see around us, the evolution of birds is one of the most fascinating stories in all of science. You’ll never look at a fossil, a picture of a dinosaur, or a modern bird in quite the same way again--not to mention your next turkey or chicken dinner. Who knew KFC was really serving dinosaurs!
OCTOBER 19 THE SALEM WITCHES When we think of witches and demons, we usually think of horror movies or Halloween. But for America’s 17th-century Puritan settlers, such beings were believed to be a reality, not superstition, and their new home in Massachusetts a place filled with fear and uncertainty. The early colonies were an experiment that—coupled with a backdrop of religious extremism—bred an anxiety so intense it ultimately turned deadly. As a result of religious/civic trials held between February 1692 and May 1693, 19 men and women were put to death following the unsustainable testimony of several young girls. In the end, the tale of the Salem witches is a frightening cautionary tale about the effects of mob psychology.
NOVEMBER 23 THE WORLDS OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT To help us prepare for the quintessential American holiday--Thanksgiving--we look at the life and contributions of Eleanor Roosevelt. The daughter of a storied family, she became the wife of an unfaithful husband, who didn’t let her personal pain override her need to help others. Arguably the most influential First Lady in American history, she continued her work as a philanthropist and humanitarian long after the president’s death. This program looks at her work as a trail-blazing civil rights advocate, a feminist, and one of driving forces behind the United Nations as well as a deeply lonely woman who found love in a series of extraordinary friendships.
DECEMBER 21 15 GEMS FOR THE HOLIDAYSCome celebrate the holidays as we explore 15 wonderful stories that speak to the meaning of the season. Besides classics like “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, this program also looks at stories that are not as familiar but are equally moving, including “Christmas Day in the Morning” by Pearl S. Buck, “The Burglar’s Christmas” by Willa Cather, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by Hans Christian Anderson, and 10 other holiday gems.