Parsons Public Library will host “Writers Growing Up Black in Kansas,” a presentation and discussion by John Edgar Tidwell on Monday, February 8, at 6:30 in the library multi-purpose room.
Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis were all shaped by life in Kansas, a land full of uncertainty and contradictions for African Americans. Each of these writers developed his remarkable literary talents and learned how to succeed against the odds. This talk will explore the work and creative processes underlying selected works by these three literary giants.
John Edgar Tidwell is a professor of English at the University of Kansas. His research specialties are African American and American literatures with particular expertise in the work of the multi-talented Langston Hughes, Kansas-born poet-journalist Frank Marshall Davis, and the “Harlem” Renaissance.
“The celebrity that has come to Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz is richly deserved,” said Tidwell. “Its iconic status as the most acclaimed book and film representing Kansas life and values, however, made me wonder whether any other books or authors might deserve similar recognition. This talk seeks to answer that question by exploring the Kansas connections of three writers who were distinguished in their own right: Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis.”
“Writers Growing Up Black in Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.
The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
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.
January 18-23, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2015 Martin Luther King Day. The Library will be closed. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 9 am.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Just a Snowman, by Mercer Mayer . Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2 pm. Coloring for Teens. Join us to color for an hour here at the library. We will supply the pictures and you supply the talent.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Just a Snowman, by Mercer Mayer . Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2:00pm. Color Your Stress Away. Join us to spend some quiet time coloring. It will wash away your stress and let your artistic talents shine. We provide the colors and the coloring pages, you supply the talent. Hope to see you there !! Adults and Young Adults welcome.
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 2 pm. Thursday Afternoon Movie. Warm up to these Western Movies. We will be watching Wild Bill starring Jeff Bridges and Ellen Barkin. Refreshments will be served.
The Parsons Public Library is beginning a new program for children in February, 2016. The educational program is Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club and will consist of games and activities to interest young children from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The activities include crafts, exercise, music and fun things to do.
These activities will begin on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and Thursday, February 11, 2016 for children from 3rd to 5th grade. The club will last one hour, from 4 to 5 pm. This will be for 8 weeks.
As Seating is limited, Be sure to sign your child up as soon as possible, by calling 620-421-5920 or coming to the library to sign up.
January 11- 16, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm. Board of Director’s Meeting.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 2 pm. Color Your Stress Away. Join us to spend some quiet time coloring. It will wash away your stress and let your artistic talents shine. We provide the colors and the coloring pages, you supply the talent. Hope to see you there !! Adults and Young Adults welcome.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 2 pm. Thursday Afternoon Movie.
Warm up to these Western Movies. We will be watching Angel and The Badman, starring John Wayne. Refreshments will be served.
If your heroes have always been cowboys, you are invited to attend a winter western film festival at Parsons Public Library in January and February on Thursday afternoons.
Angel and the Badman (1947, John Wayne and Gail Russell) will kick off the festival on January 14. The film portrays an injured gunfighter who is nursed back to health by a Quaker girl and her family, and the effect their religion has on his violent ways. This was the first film that Wayne produced as well as starred in.
On January 21, Wild Bill (1995, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin) about the last days of legendary Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, South Dakota, will be shown. This film is a revisionist western rather than a classic western, so purists beware.
On January 28, Louis L’Amour’s The Shadow Riders (1982, Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot, Katharine Ross) will be shown. Based on the novel of the same name, this made-for-TV film features two brothers who fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. Upon returning home to Texas, they discover that their siblings and a girlfriend have been kidnapped by ruthless outlaws. Thus, the chase is on.
All three movies begin at 2:00 in the multipurpose room of the library. The February movie titles and dates will be announced at a later date.
Western films, which have been called “horse operas”, are an American invention, and their popularity has ebbed and flowed since the days of silent film. Traditionally, the central plot of a western film is the goal of maintaining law and order on the frontier amidst fast-paced action. Over the years, westerns have been redefined and have evolved from the classic western to spaghetti westerns, comic westerns, and revisionist westerns, with many subgenres in between.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920
– Visitors to Parsons Public Library can step back to the year 1966 with the exhibit “Fifty Years Ago: A Look at LIFE“, currently on display through the end of January.
The exhibit consists of selections from issues of Life magazine of various events and people making the news during 1966. Examples of cover stories and articles in the display are graphic photos of the Vietnam War; the Gemini 8 spaceflight; an excerpt from the yet to be published A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks; a review of the epic film Dr. Zhivago; and the growing use of LSD. Personalities from 1966 included in the display are Sean Connery as James Bond, Batman, Jackie Kennedy, Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy, Louis Armstrong, and Barbra Streisand. Full-page advertisements urging consumers to buy cigarettes, Kodak film, 8-track stereo players, color televisions, portable typewriters, TV dinners, and Volkswagen buses are also part of the exhibit.
Life magazine ran weekly from 1883 to 1972. In the late 1930s, Life became the first all-photographic American news magazine, and it dominated the market until the 1970s, when tastes and economics brought changes to the industry. Life continued to be published intermittently until 1978; was published monthly from 1978 to 2002; then continued to publish special and commemorative issues. The library owns copies of Life from 1941 to 1989.
Members of the community are invited to view the exhibit at the library, 311 South 17th St. For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.
Hosting an event for the final season of Downton Abbey? You probably don’t want to serve an entire six-course meal, but you might want to try cucumber sandwiches, scones, or French cheese puffs. The Total BooX version has unlimited copies and is a newer version with more recipes, but please note a smartphone/tablet is needed to use its app.
A Kansas Library eCard is necessary to checkout Enki or Total BooX ebooks.