Parsons Public Library announces a three-part book discussion series scheduled for the fall on the theme “On the Lighter Side.”
The novels in this series contain characters that are not only funny, but also lovable. Their worlds are populated with off-kilter, eccentric characters thinking and doing unusual things. Seen through the lens of warm, appreciative humor, maddening things become funny and bearable. The strange becomes charming; local quirkiness becomes universal humanity.
The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, September 12, at 6:30 pm, features How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed. Harvard dropout Abby Randolph sells eclectic antiques. After being dumped by her lover and losing her mother in an earthquake, things begin to look up when Abby makes an appearance on Antiques Roadshow with what turns out to be Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s chamber pot.
The discussion leader will be Deborah E. Peterson. Ms. Peterson is an instructor of Chinese language and East Asian civilization at the University of Kansas. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Anthropology with the University of Chicago and received her M.A. in Chinese from the University of Michigan.
Copies of the book are available now for check-out.
The series continues with discussions on Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (October 17), and Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton (November 14). All book discussions begin at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room of the library.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. The Council is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Parsons TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 620-421-5920.
Monday August 15, 2016. Story Time will resume after Labor Day.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Story Time will resume after Labor Day.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Color Your Stress Away. Join us for some relaxing coloring. Bring your own pictures and pencils/colors or come use ours. We also have a giant mural in Young Adult Section that you can color any time. Just ask for the coloring supplies and color anytime the library is open.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2 pm. Adult Afternoon Movie. A Reason To Live, A Reason to Die, starring James Cobern, Telly Savalas, and Bud Spencer. Branded a coward for surrendering his New Mexico fort to the Confederates without firing a shot, a Union colonel attempts to redeem himself by leading a band of condemned prisoners on a suicide mission to recapture it.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Color Your Stress Away. Join us for some relaxing coloring. Bring your own pictures and pencils/colors or come use ours. We also have a giant mural in Young Adult Section that you can color any time. Just ask for the coloring supplies and color anytime the library is open.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 At 2 pm. Adult Afternoon Movie. Quigley Down Under starring Tom Selleck. Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.
Join us to watch this movie. Snacks will be provided.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Color Fight. Join Miss Willie at Forest Park by the Amphitheater for Color Fight. Children should wear old light color clothes that can get messy. Bring a pair of swimming goggles to protect your eyes. Parents should bring a trash bag or a sheet for the ride home. We are going to get messy!! This event is for children ages 6-10.
Wednesday, Story Time will resume after Labor Day.