Last month we wrote about this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — the story of a soldier trying to come to terms with his service in Iraq. The Writer’s Studio is hosting a reading group for the novel tonight at 6:30 and we still have free copies available in the library! We will also continue to accept greeting cards for veterans until the end of this week.
The Free Library’s One Book program is coming to a close, and as it does we wanted to highlight another story from Iraq. In addition to Powers’s novel, the Free Library chose a book for children called The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This book tells the true story of Alia Muhammad Baker, a librarian in Basra who saved her library’s collection from being destroyed by war. It is an incredible story, first reported by Shaila Dewan of the New York Times in 2003, Books Spirited to Safety Before Iraq Library Fire. Stop by the library to check out Winter’s vivid illustrations and Baker’s empowering work! A perfect book to round out One Book, One Philadelphia, as well as Women’s History Month.
Connelly Library has free copies of this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers! After reading we invite you to give back by creating a greeting card for a veteran. We will have supplies set aside for cards until March 19, 2014.
“The One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee chose the recent National Book Award finalist, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers for its 2014 selection. Winner of the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, The Yellow Birds has been compared to Tim O’Brien’s classic war novel, The Things They Carried, for its powerful depiction of the truth and tragedy of war. Poet/novelist Powers vividly tells the story of a young soldier struggling to find meaning in his harrowing experiences in Iraq, while suffering profound guilt over his friend and fellow soldier’s death, as well as alienation from community and family upon his return home. According to The New York Times, “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”
Join us for a simulcast of the grand finale One Book, One Philadelphia event featuring author Edwidge Danticat and her collection of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Danticat is a Haitian American writer and MacArthur Genius Grant winner and her book takes its name from Albert Camus’s last published lecture in which he stated, “To create today is to create dangerously.” The work illustrates the struggle of making art in exile—and what it’s like to exist in a country constantly in conflict, where even the act of reading means taking a stand against oppression.
The simulcast is presented in conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia and their One Book, One Philadelphia program and is free for all to attend! For more information see the Free Library’s calendar of events.
Join acclaimed author Sherman Alexie and Gary Kramer of Temple University for a screening of The Business of Fancydancing, a film that explores the tension between Seymour and Aristotle, two men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation. Seymour’s internal conflict between his Indian heritage and his life as an urban gay man and popular Native poet plays out in multiple cultures and relationships over his college and early adult years.
The screening and discussion takes place March 17th at 6pm in Stewart Auditorium, and is free for all to attend! This event is presented in conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia and their One Book, One Philadelphia program. For more information, see the Free Library’s Author Events page.
Electronic Books (eBooks) have been steadily gaining in popularity, due to their convenience and ease of use. Though you won’t see libraries getting rid of print books anytime soon, the Free Library of Philadelphia recently released 300 new eBooks that can be downloaded and read for 21 days. Complementing your studies at Moore, the eBook collection also includes titles on Public Speaking and Education.
The collection includes everything from the classics to travel guides, and a complete list of eBooks can be found here. For all of the Free Library’s digital media (including eBooks, Audio Books, and Movies), visit freelibrary.lib.overdrive.com. Your quest for great books and movies doesn’t need to stop at Connelly!