From the Stacks
By Carol Ann Robb, PPL Reference Librarian
Leo Tolstoy wrote “Spring is the time of plans and projects” which explains why my calendar is full of upcoming library activities and I don’t want any of you to miss out on the fun, either.
This Sunday, April 7, is the start of National Library Week which means it’s the perfect time to visit your local library (hopefully, that would be the one here at 4th and Walnut, but if you’re elsewhere, be sure to go to one near you). And if you are in Pittsburg, we hope you’ll join us for our Solar Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, April 8 from 12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m. If you were part of our gathering in August of 2017, you know that viewing this astronomical event is better shared so plan to be a part of our event.
And then you can return at 6:00 p.m. that evening for “Dress for Success: Nelly Don & American Fashion,” presented by Humanities Kansas scholar Marla Day. This program is part of the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting.
The following week is the monthly Third Tuesday Book Discussion at 1:30pm on April 16 and we’ll be talking about Jennifer Coburn’s “Cradles of the Reich.” Two days later, on Thursday, April 18, the library’s guest for “A Cup of Conversation” will be Justin Crain, general manager of The Morning Sun. That begins at 10:00 a.m.
April is Poetry Month and I have managed to put together a trifecta of local poets for a reading on Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. “Teacher—Student—Teacher” is a celebration of teaching and poetry featuring Al Ortolani, his student Melissa Fite Johnson, and her student Megan Munger. All are graduates of Pittsburg High School, as well as Pittsburg State University. Melissa latest collection of poetry, “Midlife Abecedarian” was just published and she will have copies to sell (and sign) after the reading. I suspect Al might have a few of his on hand, too.
That takes care of this month but you might want to turn the calendar over to May to pencil in a special program on Monday, May 13. Former resident Diana Carlin will be here to discuss her book, “Remember the First Ladies: The Legacies of America’s History-Making Women.”
Start making plans to attend one, two, or all of these programs. As the theme for National Library Week says, “Ready, Set, Library!”