Hello! We have lots of programming coming up at the Library, and we’d love to see you there. Humanities Montana is sponsoring speakers for the Library every Thursday night from 6-8 PM during our Summer Reading Program, which began May 31st and will end on July 9th.
Our next Humanities Program will be “Sailing with Stories” with Mo Reynolds on June 16th. We’re so excited to have Mo back. Some of you may remember her wonderful presentation from earlier this year.
Mo is a professional storyteller who weaves stories from her own life together with fairy tales from around the world. Her presentation will feature a fun pirate story and a lovely Scottish tale about an enchanted island to fit with our “Oceans of Possibilities” theme. It’s geared towards the whole family.
The next event to put in your calendar is “The Foundations of English from Beowulf to Chaucer to Shakespeare” with Dave Caserio and Bill Kamowski on June 23rd. This program includes a section on how the Marvel comics draw on themes from English literature. I love the Marvel comics (my favorite character is Loki) and I can’t wait to learn more.
According to Humanities Montana, “This dramatic, interactive, and sometimes comic presentation traces the progression of the English language from Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, through Middle English, up to Elizabethan English in original pronunciation. Caserio and Kamowski make the story of English come alive through its poems, riddles, comedies, and tragedies. From the ribald to the elegiac, from supernatural villains to star-crossed lovers, Kamowski and Caserio demonstrate that what is old is new – that the myths and archetypes found in our early literature have their modern counterparts in video games, books, and movies – and that the evolution of the English language is a continual story of delight and discovery.”
Finally, Caserio will also join us for “Writing Montana” on Friday, June 24th at 10 AM. We’ll meet at the Library, then head over to the Frog Ponds for a walking presentation about nature writing and observation.
I can’t wait to see you at these programs. If you have any questions, just give us a call.