Lunch & Learn: "It's a Thick Book" - Overview of the 1901 Alabama Constitution and its Ongoing Impact
Instructor: Chuck May Dates: Thursday, August 18 Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM (program begins at noon and ends by 1PM) Location: Main Library Auditorium
Featured is the video, "It’s a Thick Book" produced in 2007 by Lewis Lehe under the auspices of the ACCR Foundation. The video is a humorous look at the Alabama Constitution and the racist and undemocratic motivations behind its enactment. A question-and-answer time will follow the video screening. Read more about LearningQUEST Lunch & Learn: It's a Thick Book
April 11 Lunch & Learn(noon-1PM) – bring a brown bag lunch – held in the Main Library’s second floor meeting room
Presenter: Ruth Coulter Bentley
Title: Ruth Coulter Bentley – Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City
Ruth Coulter Bentley, a Phenix City native whose family were leaders in the 1954 Cleanup, sets the stage and outlines the story of “The Wicked City” in the 1950’s.
Writing Guide handout will be available to describe and record your own stories from the 1950s.
Ruth Coulter Bentley grew up in Phenix City during its heyday as the "wickedest city in America", the subsequent 1954 Clean Up and the beginning of its current period of economic growth as an "All-American City". Because of her family's involvement in the Clean Up with her mother, Hilda H. Coulter, leading the Russell Betterment Association Auxilliary and its "Angry Women", she had an insider view of this period in the history of her home town. She married Dr. Michael D. Bentley, nephew of Hugh Bentley, who spearheaded the Clean Up as founder and President of the Russell Betterment Association, and they spent most of their professional lives in Maine where she retired as Coordinator of International Student Programs at the University of Maine. In part her Phenix City background spurred her major in Political Science and History, work in Intercultural Education and leadership roles in the League of Women Voters of Maine. In 1996 they returned to Alabama, where Dr. Bentley has continued his career as an organic chemist, presently as Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Serina Therapeutics at Hudson-Alpha Institute. Mrs. Bentley has pursued her interests in history and gardening and been active as a volunteer in the Huntsville community. Read more about Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City (Lunch & Learn)
In this workshop, you will weave a round basket, 6" in diameter with a handle. You’ll learn how to handle basket reed, how to start a round basket, how to shape a basket, and how to use colored reed.
Basket making is wet work, so wear old clothes and bring a towel. The instructor will bring all the tools and other supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop.
Join us at Bailey Cove Public Library on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9am-3pm. A supply fee of $10 is due on the day of the event. Space is limited to 12 students ages 14 and up. Bring a sack lunch! Sign up today at 256-881-0257. Read more about Weave an Easter Basket!
"Excellent Women" is one of Barbara Pyms richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergymans daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women, the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighborsanthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next doorthe novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Excellent Women