Parsons Public Library will host “Swing Mainstream: Jazz and Buck Clayton”, a presentation by Seth Roach with accompaniment by Ian Yanez, on Wednesday, June 17, at 2:00 in the library multi-purpose room.
Mr. Roach will introduce audience members to jazz music and will discuss Buck Clayton, legendary jazz trumpet player and Parsons native. Roach will examine the relevancy and historical impact of Clayton’s music. Song examples will be illustrated via musical performance by Mr. Roach on piano, with the assistance of Ian Yanez on trumpet.
Mr. Roach is Assistant Professor of Music at Labette Community College. Prior to his teaching in Parsons, Mr. Roach was an active teacher and performer for more than 15 years, having performed both nationally and internationally at various piano, guitar, and percussion engagements. Mr. Roach holds a Masters in Music Education from Emporia State University.
Mr. Yanez, a native of Parsons, began playing the trumpet at age nine, and has performed in numerous bands and orchestras. He currently is first trumpet in the Parsons Community Band, lead trumpet in the LCC Jazz Band, and an inspiring praise and worship musician at his local church. He is a graduate of Labette Community College and Pittsburg State University.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.
Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the multipurpose room.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 2 pm. YA Movie. Join us as we watch Into The Woods. Teens and Tweens welcome.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the multipurpose room.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 2 pm, Adult Book Discussion. Join us for a book discussion of Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich, presented by Jeanette Shields. Program starts at 2 pm in the multi-purpose room.
Friday, June 5, 2015 at 10 am, Family Morning Movie. Join Miss Willie for the family movie in the multipurpose room. Children 0-11 and their families are welcome.
Friday, June 5, 2015 at 2 pm, Adult Book Discussion Movie. Join us to watch the movie, Erin Brockovich. Program begins at 2 pm in the multipurpose room. Adults 18 and older welcome.
This Week at The Library is going to be quite busy with the signup for Summer Reading in full swing. Summer Reading Program begins on June 1 and goes through July 31.
We will have no Story Time until June 1.
Come to the library and join the Summer Reading Program. The grand prize for reading will be a Kindle Fire for each section, Childrens, Young Adult and Adult participants. The Kindle Fires will be awarded after July 31, 2015.
Everyone is welcome to participate.
May 11, 2015, Monday, Adult Book Discussion at 6:30 pm. Join us for the Adult Book Discussion program presented by Tom Prasch who will lead a book discussion on the novel, The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan. This book is part of the 1930 Series brought to us by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community.
May 12, 2015, Tuesday, Board of Directors Meeting at 5:30 pm.
May 15, 2015 Friday at 9 am. Sign up for Summer Reading Program. Some programs have limited seating so sign up is important.
April 27-May 2, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Rain, by Manya Stojic. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Rain, by Manya Stojic. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Rain, by Manya Stojic. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Tom Prasch of Topeka will lead a discussion of The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan at 6:30 on Monday, May 11 at Parsons Public Library.
This is the final book in the four-part “The 1930s” book discussion series. In The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Egan, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, traces a half-dozen families and communities in the Great Plains through the rise and fall of the region. A first-hand account describes one of the new storms that would come to define the Dust Bowl: “Wasn’t a sandstorm…And it wasn’t a hailstorm, thou it certainly brought with it a dark, threatening sky…It rolled, like a mobile hill of crud, and it was black.”
The Worst Hard Time won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and has been hailed not only for the depiction of an epic story of courage in the face of disaster, but also as a masterful overview of the consequences of agricultural misuse of the land.
Tom Prasch is professor and chair of the history department at Washburn University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, and has been leading Kansas Humanities discussions since 1999.
Copies of the book The Worst Hard Time are available for checkout from the library now.
The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization with over 40 years of experience promoting the understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and build community. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.