Discussion Series Invites Adults to Read Children’s Classics

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.

New KS Humanities logoThe 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 .

tk birneyThe 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.

A limited number of copies of the first book, “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” are now ready for check out from the adult circulation desk. For more information or if you are interested in reading and discussing one, two or all three books, please contact Annette Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-663-5441, ext. 132.


Blue Moments Opens January 3

davemckane“Blue Moments,” an exhibit of photographs by Dave McKane, opens at the Hutchinson Public Library on January 3. It’s free to the public.


McKane is Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, and has presented digital photography workshops at the library. In a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m., he will be talking about his attraction to this kind of photography, and providing background to some of the shots in the exhibition.


From 6 – 6:30 p.m., enjoy a mix and mingle time and the presentation begins at 6:30. The event and the exhibition are in the Library Auditorium on the second floor.

Digital Photography with Dave McKane

Dave photo Are you giving a digital camera to someone this year as a gift? Be sure to pass on this information about two free digital photography workshops at the Hutchinson Public Library. Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, Dave McKane will give tips and tricks on using all brands of digital cameras. You may choose between a 6:30 p.m. session on Thursday, December 27 or an afternoon time at 2:00 p.m. on Friday December 28.

Each Digital Photography Workshop will be aimed at those who plan to use their camera on the ‘Auto’ setting. The goal of the workshop is to highlight how the use of the preset buttons present on all digital cameras can be used to get better shots in a wide variety of situations, all without having to learn rocket science. Bearing in mind that the camera will only take a photograph of what you point it at, there will be a strong emphasis in these workshops on composition and use of the rule of thirds. Understanding how to take control of the Auto Focus system to ensure that what you want in focus remains in focus, will be a key part of this section.

Registration is requested and attendees are asked to bring their camera with them, but to make sure it is fully charged. For those with Point & Shoot cameras it might be advisable to bring along the battery charger as well. Sign up online for one 2 hour workshop by visiting the Hutchinson Public Library’s events calendar at http://www.hutchpl.org/programs-a-events/calendar-of-events/monthcalendar/2012/12/- . You may also register by calling Annette at the library, 620-663-5441, ext. 132.

Digital Photo Basics Class

MP900430876 The Hutchinson Public Library is offering a free class on Digital Photo Basics. It will be held Monday, 12/17 at 6:30 p.m. and repeated on Wednesday, 12/19 at 9:30 a.m.

This will be an overview of the language of digital photographs including pixels, resolution, file type and more. Learn about all aspects of digital photography including saving, sharing, editing, and taking digital photos with your mobile phone. Get your best holiday photos ever.

The class is free, but registration is required because space is limited. Call the Hutchinson Public Library computer lab at 620-663-5441, ext. 163, to reserve a spot.

PowerPoint Class

MP900341934 The Hutchinson Public Library is offering a free class on Microsoft PowerPoint. It will be held Monday, 12/10 at 6:30 p.m. and repeated on Tuesday, 12/11 at 9:30 a.m.

This workshop is designed to introduce concepts related  to creating presentations using PowerPoint. Layouts, transitions, animation, templates and more will be discussed. Participants will make their own simple presentation during the class.

The class is free, but registration is required. Call 620-663-5441 to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

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