By the time you read this post you will have recovered from the Super Bowl and gone back to shoveling, politics and thinking about life, the universe and everything. Consider these possibilities:
Has all the political foment – or maybe it was going to see The Post – inspired you to go back to the Good Old Days of Watergate? Now online at the Library of Congress are the Senate Watergate hearings. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting recently published an online exhibit at LC. Gavel-to-Gavel: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television (https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-167/library-and-wgbh-acquire-historic-tv-coverage-of-senate-watergate-hearings/2017-11-03)
While you’re surfing the treasures of the Library of Congress, click on some of LC’s digital trove of resources including, definitely not limited to, these:
- View profiles of the FDR sons who served in World War II (https://fdr.blogs.archives.gov/2018/01/31/sons-of-the-commander-in-chief-the-roosevelt-boys-in-world-war-ii/)
- Take in just one session from the Library’s GIS series, this one featuring the head of the Geography and Maps division talking about GIS and Humanities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1zQ6C8MWLI
- Relax to the dulcet tones of Tony Bennett lamenting the fact that he left his heart in San Francisco? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBGPgHTji5k
- Hear Caroline Kennedy’s reflections on her visit to the White House during the Nixon years when the family first saw the official portrait of JFK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyHKc_0abRk
- Take time during Black History Month to learn about the Little Rock Nine https://twitter.com/LBJLibrary/status/959458285370986499
Or relax and enjoy this video discussion of Hannah and Sugar, the children’s book written and illustrated by Kate Berube, recently named recipient of the 2017 Ridgway Award. Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the U of M Library’s Kerlan Collection, shares the book and background on the Ridgway Award, the annual honor presented to an author or illustrator in recognition of an outstanding debut in the world of children’s picture book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWDVlXqxySM
Weather permitting you may want to venture out – bundle up and explore these possibilities:
- The new season for Talk of the Stacks which begins on February 27 when Alicia Eler, Stephanie Glaros and Stephanie Curtis will explore “identity as it relates to digital media.” See the season schedule and details here: (https://www.supporthclib.org/talk-stacks). Friends of Minneapolis will also hold their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 5:30 PM at the Central Library.
- Or check out these forthcoming Club Book author talks;
- Omar El Akkad – Tuesday, February 13, 7 PM at Saint Anthony Park Library in St Paul
- Peter Geye – Monday, February 26, 7 PM at Rum River Library in Anoka
- William Kent Krueger – Thursday, March 1, 6:30 at Chanhassen Public Library
Click here for information on sponsorship and full season schedule. http://clubbook.org. Note that Club Book presentations are podcast so you can listen at your leisure.
If the long winter has depleted your “to be read” pile, check out this listing of the National Book Critics Circle finalists for books published during 2017. http://bookcritics.org/blog/archive/national-book-critics-circle-announces-finalists-for-2017-awards
Resistance, Resilience, Renewal — a gathering of poetry and song celebrating the enduring legacy and inspiration of Meridel LeSueur. The special event, set for 6:30 p.m. on February 22, is hosted by the East Side Freedom Side Freedom Library and the St Paul Almanac. It’s at 630 PM on February 22. The program begins with presentations and performances of Meridel’s work as well as original work by established and emerging artists. More at https://www.evensi.us/renewal-gathering-poetrysong-celebrating-meridel-lesueur-east-side-freedom-library/244411880
Take time to mark your calendar for these special events:
- World Storytelling Day is set for March 20, 2018. Theme of the local event is “Wise Fools – Wisdom on the Folly of War. Again this year the local event will be at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. Details to follow.
- The Spring 2018 Westminster Town Hall Forum schedule is out. All presentations are at Westminster Presbyterian Church on the Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Dates and speakers are: March 22 – Noon, Journalist and editor Suzy Hansen, “An American Abroad” – April 10, Noon, Pediatrician and children’s health advocate Nadine Burke Harris “Children Adversity and Health. – May 1, Noon, Steve Schmidt, Founder of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware, “A candid look at today’s headlines.” – May 22, 7:00 PM, Richard Stengel, Former managing editor of Time. “Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life.” Come early for the music that precedes the Forum; stay for the public reception that follows. All talks are broadcast on Minnesota public radio: Questions: contact 612 332 3421.
Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. John Boswell