Discussion Series Explores Parentless Children and Foster Care

Discussion Series Explores Parentless Children and Foster Care

Parsons Public Library announces a three-part book discussion series scheduled for February through April on the theme “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

Orphans have populated literature for centuries, from Little Goody Two-Shoes to Oliver Twist to Jane Eyre to Little Orphan Annie to Tom Sawyer to Harry Potter. Though often found out of place and home in real life, orphans held a special place and function in literature, especially in 19th century novels. These parentless children revealed a bleak social history as they negotiated street and world and found their way into story.

The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m., is on Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.  When foster-teen Molly Ayer steals a copy of Jane Eyre from the library, she is assigned community service with the elderly Vivian Daly. As the troubled foster-care juvenile helps 91-year-old Vivian clean out the tucked-away trunks in her attic, Molly learns that Vivian/Dorothy/Niamh is an Orphan train survivor. An unexpected relationship develops between the two; together, they find answers about their separate pasts.

The discussion leader will be Sister Rosemary Kolich.  Sister Rosemary Kolich teaches English for the University of Saint Mary at both the main campus in Leavenworth and the Overland Park campus. Kolich joined the TALK program in 2008.

Copies of the book are available now for check-out today.

The series continues with discussions on The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty (March 23), and The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman (April 27).  All book discussions will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the library.

The series is sponsored by the Humanities Kansas (HK), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program.  HK is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Parsons TALK series.  For more information about HK, visit www.humanitieskansas.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.

This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Week of January 27, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020, at 4 p.m. Kid’s Book Club. Children ages 5-13, join us as we partner with Meadowlark Homeschool Group to discuss Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

Monday, January 27, 2020, at 5 p.m. Crochet Group. Join us to crochet together and learn new techniques. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, January 27, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Join Miss Willie as she reads S is for Sunflower A Kansas Alphabet by Devin and Corey Scillian.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 10 a.m. Join Miss Willie as she reads S is for Sunflower A Kansas Alphabet by Devin and Corey Scillian.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 11 a.m. Crochet Group. Join us to crochet together and learn new techniques. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. at the library, Next Chapter Book Club.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. YA Craft Night. Everyone in grade 5-12, join us to make stained glass solar lights.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 10 a.m. Join Miss Willie as she reads S is for Sunflower A Kansas Alphabet by Devin and Corey Scillian.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 2 p.m. Color Your Stress Away. Join us to color. All supplies are furnished.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the Kitchen Pass. Family Trivia Night. Bring a team of 3-6 for a night of The Office Trivia.

Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 2 p.m. Adult Afternoon Movie. Join us to watch The Getaway.

Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 4-6 p.m. Let’s Create. Come design and make your 2020 calendar. This event is open to all ages. Supplies are provided and no registration is required.

Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the library, Next Chapter Book Club.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. YA Dungeons & Dragons Club. Everyone in grades 7-12 come and join us to play Dungeons & Dragons.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 1 p.m. Family Afternoon Movie. Join us to watch Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Presentation Explores the Harlem Renaissance and Kansas

Presentation Explores the Harlem Renaissance and Kansas

Parsons Public Library will host “The Harlem Renaissance,” a presentation and discussion by Lem Sheppard on Monday, February 10, at 6:30 in the library multi-purpose room.

The booming, experimental period in American history known as the Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to the arts and culture of African Americans. But it was also a time of struggle when society failed to respond to issues of civil rights and social equality. Using jazz, blues, spirituals, and poetry, this presentation spans the 1920s and explores the contributions of Kansas artists involved in this unique moment.

Lem Sheppard is a blues guitarist, singer, and historian based in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“Many of the artists active during the Harlem Renaissance came from places outside Harlem – cities like Washington D.C. and Kansas City,” said Sheppard. “When I learned this, I began to view Kansas in the time period through a different lens.”

“The Harlem Renaissance” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have inspired all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.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.