Adult Summer Reading Program Starts with a Bang with “Kid Gloves and Brass Knuckles: The Life of Nancy Russell” – by Alissa Wolenetz, Library Director

We can’t wait to see you at the Library this summer! Nancy Sackett and I have been working on the adult program, and it’s going to be a blast.

Starting on May 31st, you’ll be able to pick up your “ticket” at the Library. As you read, attend events, and complete activities, you’ll earn points that can be used to enter into the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.

This year, Lewistown is the host for Hometown Humanities. Guest speakers from Humanities Montana will visit the Library every week during our Summer Reading Program. We’ll start things off with historic interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury. On Wednesday, June 1st, she’ll be at the Library from 6:00-7:00 PM for “The Art of Storytelling,” a program for writers and poets of all ages. On Thursday, June 2nd, she’ll be back from 6:00-8:00 PM for “Kid Gloves and Brass Knuckles: The Life of Nancy Russell.” Here’s a wonderful summary of that program, courtesy of Humanities Montana:

“Against the backdrop of the social and political reform of the early 1900s, Nancy Cooper Russell was a woman ahead of her time. A self-taught business woman with the ability to take charge, Nancy helped Charles M. Russell become the highest paid living artist of his time. Art historians consistently give her credit for being the reason the world has the extraordinary Russell paintings and sculptures that grace galleries and private collections today. Bradbury brings Nancy Russell to life and shares the story of her chance meeting with the Montana cowboy artist who would become her husband. She describes the world of art that celebrated the myth of the west at the beginning of the 20th century and tells stories about the renowned artists and celebrities the Russells knew as they traveled from New York City to the growing California suburb called Hollywood.”

We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Library!

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