Hutchinson Public Library will present a three-part book discussion series February through April on “Childhood Classics.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 North Main Street.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Hutchinson TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit http://www.kansashumanities.org .
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. Ann Birney, Admire, KS, will lead the discussion of “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor. Raised in Depression-era Mississippi, Cassie Logan learns strength and independence from her black farm family – but now she must confront the harsh realities of racial hatred and the threat of the night riders. Discussion leader Ann Birney is an independent scholar and partner in Ride into History, an historical performance touring troupe. She serves on the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and has been leading TALK discussions since 1994.
The idea of a special literature for children dates only to the nineteenth century, when writers began to produce both fantasy and realistic family stories for young readers. “Childhood Classics” features some of the most enduring books written for children over the past century in the U.S. and Great Britain. Adult readers will discover that the books that entertained and educated them as children have much to say to them now about courage and faith, friendship, character, and the power of love.
In this series, readers will also discuss “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White on Thursday, March 7; and “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame on Tuesday, April 16.