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Get an introduction to our online learning service through Lynda.com. You now have access to thousands of award-winning online classes and tutorials on technical skills, creative techniques and business strategies. For this class, you'll need your library card number and an email address. Basic Internet knowledge required. Registration begins Wednesday, January 27.
Bobby Norfolk is an award-winning performer whose storytelling events are always popular at the library. This afternoon, the past comes alive as Bobby performs historical stories about Henry "Box" Brown, Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe in theatrical style. Revisit March 26, 1849, when Henry Brown was transported from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a 2x3x6-foot wooden box built by a white abolitionist. He later became an orator under the name Henry “Box” Brown and attempted to earn enough money to buy his wife and children out of slavery. Ages 8 and older.
This evening, we jump on the "A Train" with award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk for his third show today, celebrating the Harlem Renaissance with a program called "Dreams Deferred: The Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance." All aboard, for this exploration of the amazing African-American art, music and poetry that exploded out of Harlem in the early 20th century. Ages 10 and older.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo illuminates the difficulties of life in Annawadi, a poor settlement in the shadow of luxurious hotels in Mumbai, India. The author relates the struggles of a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap metal thief as their efforts to build better lives are challenged by economic, religious and caste tensions.
The Academy Award-nominated "Cutie and the Boxer" is a moving account of the chaotic and unconventional 40-year love affair and creative partnership between action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, also an artist. This documentary, directed by Zachary Heinzerling, was featured at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 2013 True/False Film Fest. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.
Get an introduction to our online learning service through Lynda.com. You now have access to thousands of award-winning online classes and tutorials on technical skills, creative techniques and business strategies. For this class, you'll need your library card number and an email address. Basic Internet knowledge required. Registration begins Wednesday, October 21.
In celebration of Teen Read Week, submit an original short story around the theme “Get Away” between October 19- December 6 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Write about a grand adventure, a secret hideaway, how folks escape their day-to-day routine or whatever you think fits the theme. Winning stories will be published on the library's teen blog. This contest is open to all teens in Boone and Callaway counties. Find contest rules and submission guidelines at teens.dbrl.org or at your library. Ages 12-18.
Presenter Mark H. X. Glenshaw is an award-winning amateur naturalist who has closely observed and documented the lives of a mated pair of great horned owls in St. Louis' Forest Park since December 2005. During this time, he has observed and documented a vast range of behaviors including hunting, mating, nest-site selection and rearing of young. Hear about how he found these owls, some basic facts about the species, and the different behaviors he has been able to see and document with photos and videos to illustrate. For more information, visit Mark's blog Forest Park Owls, http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com. All ages, recommended for ages 5 and older.
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era — and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years, he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then offered to donate them to unsuspecting museums across the country. This documentary directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker was an Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.
Come meet Brian Katcher, author of the award-winning young adult books "Almost Perfect" and "Playing With Matches." Hear about his writing process and his new book, “The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak,” a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a science fiction convention. When he’s not writing, Brian works as a school librarian. He lives in central Missouri with his wife and daughter. Books will be for sale from Barnes & Noble before and after the program and Brian will do a book-signing session. Teens, adults welcome.