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Library News & Upcoming Events
- The date for the 3rd Annual Mid-Kansas Living History Rendezvous has been set for Friday August 22nd through Sunday August 24th. Once again it will be held in Riggs Park. As the Rendezvous approaches the library will have more information posted on the website for those wishing to know more. There are still ongoing planning meetings for the Rendezvous that are open to the public. The dates for the planning meetings can also be found on the library's website.
- The Haysville Community Library Foundation and The Wheat State Treasure Hunters will be sponsoring a class on Metal Dectecting. The class will be held on Saturday April 26th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The class will start in the community room of the library and then move over to the historic district lawn. The class is free, but it is limited to 20 people so please make resevervations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316-218-3488. Please give your name, phone, email, and the number of people attending.You may attend even if you do not have access to a metal detector.
- The first book in the Spring Book Discussion is Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky. The discussion was on Monday Feburary 17th at 7:00 pm.
- The second book in the Spring Book Discussion is Bel Canto by Anne Patchett. The discussion has been moved to Monday May 5rd at 7:00 pm due to the weather. The discussion leader for Bel Canto will be Rachel Gossen of Washburn University. The book is currently available at the circulation desk.
An American opera singer, a Japanese industrialist, A French diplomat with skills in the kitchen, and a translator who falls in love with a Latin American terrorist are taken hostage by revolutionary terrorists in an unnamed Latin American embassy. Low comedy and high suspense, remance and tragedy blend in Patchett's Orange Prize-winning novel, inspired by the actual seizure of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Peru by Tupac Amaru guerillas in 1996.
- The third book in the Spring Book Discussion is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The discussion was on Monday March 17th at 7:00 pm. The discussion leader for People of the Book was Diane Quantic of Wichita State University.
Book restorer Hannah Heath's project, the 500-year-old illuminated Sarajevo Haggedeh manuscript, is a repository of tragic episodes throughout human history: as a friend tells her, "this book has survived the same disaster over and over again," referring to "this fear, this hate, this need to demonize 'the other.'" As Heath unpacks the clues in the book that illuminates its history - an insect wing, a wine stain, a missing silver clasp - her life in Sarajevo at the end of the fratricidal Bosnian war enriches her own perspectives on humankind's potential for violence and redemption.
- The fourth book in the Spring Book Discussion is Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. The discussion was held on Monday March 31st at 7:00 pm. The discussion leader for Amil's Ghost was Gene Chavez, Bilingual Education & Cultural Diversity Consultant. Unlike the other discussions Anil's Ghost will be held in the downstairs community room. The book is now available at the circulation desk.
Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje explores his own Sri Lankan roots in his fourth novel, limning the violence of the conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan state. Anil has fled her increasingly violent homeland to train in America as a forensic archaeologist. She comes to Sri Lanka on a UN mission after work in the killing fields of Guatemala's "dirty war." She is teamed with local archaeologist Sarath, whose Buddhist perspective and murky political connects balance her Western perspective on events.
- The fifth and last book in the Spring Discussion is The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Dias. The discussion was held on Monday April 14th at 7:00 pm. The discussion leader for The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao was Peter Haney of Kansas University.
When pudgy, comics-addicted, Dominican-American geek Oscar Wao returns to his mother's homeland in search of redress for the injustices by the Truillo regime, it leads him to the title-promised doom. But no simple summary can quite prepare readers for the wild ride Yunior, Oscar's collage roommate, provides in his swooping narration of this adventure that veers from high camp to Spanglish street talk to heavy dormroom philosophizing complete with footnotes.
- The discussions are free and open to the public. Refreshements will be provided. All discussion, with the exception of Anil's Ghost, will be held in the community room of the library just off of the lobby.
Spread out on the table, a map of the world is straightforward: lines separate nations, and the boundaries seem firm and solid. Nothing however, is that clear on the ground. Boundaries are contested and populations are mixed. Globalization, typically considered in economic terms, creates entangled connections among countries and peoples. As a result, whole new languages like Swahili and Creole spring from cultures in collision where new multicultural identities give rise to new literary characters and plots.
Although cultural exchanges of this sort are as old as human history - remember Homer's Odysseus, Shakespeare's Othello, and Joseph Conrad's Marlow - patterns of globalization have accelerated dramatically over the past century. We have witnessed new forms of trade and exchange of ideas, and, in a less benign sort of globalization, wars and genocides, which have sparked massive dislocations of peoples and the repeated remapping of the world. To all this, literature has responded, producing in recent decades a range of works that investigate the complex interactions of people and cultures in our increasingly entangled world.
- The next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be on Saturday May 10th, and will be held downstairs at 2:00 pm. You can also find the Genealogy Group on facebook. Just look for GENEALOGY at the Haysville Community Library.