This year's One Read book, “The Boys in the Boat” follows members of a ragtag group of rowers as they struggle through the Great Depression, physical adversity and personal tragedy to win the 1936 Berlin Olympics and become one of the greatest crew teams in history. Taking inspiration from their story, we invite you to tell a story about beating the odds. Your short tale of 250 words or less could be about a moment of great significance or great subtlety, but all stories must contain an element of the underdog, of an unexpected come-from-behind win, or of getting back up one more time that you get knocked down. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online and the winners will receive book store gift cards. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Submit entries at www.oneread.org, mail them to us, or drop them off at any library or bookmobile stop. Full details online. Entries are due by Tuesday, September 23.
Join us for a reception for "On the Water," this year's One Read art exhibit at Orr Street Studios. Enjoy light refreshments and hear the winning entries announced. Listen to an original musical composition by Lisa Thill Franck inspired by "The Boys in the Boat" and performed by a "flute mob," as well as a live performance of popular tunes from the 1930s by pianist Pack Matthews and vocalist Audra Sergel. The art will be on exhibit September 7-20. (See www.orrstreetstudios.com for gallery hours.)
Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller from the southern Appalachians. The songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice. His recordings have received awards in country, Americana and folk music circles. He has performed at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival and toured extensively throughout the U.S., the British Isles and much of Europe. Adults and teens.
Join award-winning performer and music and movement educator Jennifer Daniels for lunch and an interactive literacy and movement workshop. Assistant to Eric Litwin, the author of the bestselling Pete the Cat picture books, Jennifer Daniels is certified in Litwin’s movement curriculum, The Learning Groove. Bring your dancing shoes!
Noted historian Hari Jones, curator and assistant director of the African-American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, will talk about the contributions of a secret African descent organization called “Lincoln’s Loyal League” to the union war effort. Jones is a dynamic and compelling speaker, an award-winning author and a contributor to the PBS documentary "Lincoln at Gettysburg." The presentation is part of the MU Libraries hosting of the American Library Association's traveling exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" at the MU Law Library from September 17-October 31.
Backup singers live in a world just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but who are they and what lives do they lead? Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org.
"No More Bullying" is a fast-paced, interactive, educational show that portrays a range of characters confronted by bullying in an elementary school setting. Audience members help decide what choices the characters make. Tim Collins is an award-winning actor, writer and solo performer. His one-man shows for violence prevention have entertained and educated audiences at schools, universities, libraries and other social agencies since 2001. Students in grades K-5.
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese-American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. In this documentary film by Columbia native Grace Lee, we see how Boggs continually challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. This screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). Learn more and watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org.
Get ready for the holiday season with a night of trivia fun. Gather a team of three to six people and come answer one hundred questions on a variety of topics. You're also welcome to register individually, and we'll create a team for you. There will be prizes for the winning teams. Refreshments provided. Adults and teens. Registration begins Monday, October 27.