Tune in to KOPN every weekday August 29-September 29 to hear the audiobook version of this year's One Read selection. (No broadcast on Sept. 5, Labor Day.)
We'll explain the basics of cloud computing and address your questions related to Apple's iCloud. This class is for advanced technology users. It is highly recommended that students take "iPhone and iPad Basics" and/or "Basic Mac Skills" before registering for this class. Please bring your device or laptop and your Apple ID. Registration begins Wednesday, August 17.
In this year’s One Read selection, George Hodgman tells the story of returning to Paris, Missouri, after working for years in New York City to take care of his aging mother. Hodgman shares some of the memories, events and conversations that formed the man he is today. Taking inspiration from “Bettyville,” we invite you to write a personal essay of 250 words or less — a mini memoir — that recalls a pivotal moment, event or interaction that significantly shaped your personality, crystallized your worldview or otherwise echoed through the years of your life. The memory you choose may be a monumental moment — like the birth of a child or loss of a loved one — or seemingly small, but it should be a moment that stands for something important and from which you learned something about yourself. 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 County. Submit your entry September 1-26 at oneread.dbrl.org or at any library or bookmobile.
"Bettyville," this year's One Read selection, is in part a portrait of an aging parent. As a complement to the book, the Columbia Public Library will display photographs from Anastasia Pottinger's Centenarian Series throughout September. This work explores the beauty of the aging body through portraits featuring subjects age 100 and older. Learn more about Pottinger and her work at www.roguestudios.photo.
As a complement to our One Read book, "Bettyville," Dr. Greg Smith, associate professor of English, and William Woods University’s Film Club present the film “Still Alice.” Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice's three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. A discussion will follow. (2014, rated PG-13, 101 minutes)
Dr. Matt Dube, associate professor of English at William Woods University, will talk about the work of Eileen Myles, a poet who lately has had a career resurgence after the publication of her collected poems, “I Must Be Living Twice,” and her role as a consulting producer on the hit show "Transparent." Myles lived in New York alongside One Read author George Hodgman in the 1980s, and her poetry explores some of the same issues around gay life, including nightclubs and AIDS, that Hodgman talks about in his book. Come explore her work and see the way it sheds light on the experience of gay men and women in NYC.
Taking inspiration from his Chicano heritage, a musical legacy ranging from Hank Williams to the Beatles and his Texas-sized determination, singer-songwriter Danny Santos creates a unique mix of country and folk tinged with bluegrass and the blues. His songs illuminate the joys of true love, the woe of love lost and the weary longing of a heart still searching. Danny's grit and drive are evident onstage in his strong expressive voice and compelling presence. Born in South Texas, Danny began playing the guitar at age 13 and started singing and writing songs soon after. Heavily influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark other Texas singer-songwriters. When he's not appearing solo, he also fronts the acoustic band Los Bluegrass Vatos. Adults and teens.
As her memory failed, Betty Hodgman, subject of this year's One Read book, still sat down at the piano to play her favorite hymns. Using the documentary "Alive Inside" directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett as a springboard for discussion, Fulton State Hospital music therapists Sarah Hosenfelt and Jamie Artman will talk about how music affects memory and its use in therapy.
Share your story of small town America with a friendly audience at this open mic night. Stories are encouraged to be true, told without notes and inspired by themes present in the One Read selection, including but not limited to tales about Mom, adventures in eldercare or growing up gay in the rural Midwest. With permission, we will broadcast your tale on KOPN 89.5 FM after one of the One Read audiobook broadcasts.
Join local authors Kit and Cathy Salter for a discussion of "Bettyville," this year's community reading book. Light refreshments will be served.