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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Women’s history comes alive

Pam McAdoo, Sierra Sun

History can be a dry and abstract study unless it is presented in an animated way and somehow brought to life. Fortunately for our community, the Truckee Chapter of the American Association of University Women has taken on the project of portraying women in history during National Women’s History Month.

For the past several years, the AAUW has taken their living history project to students in the classrooms and to the Truckee Library for the general public.

Dressing in period costume, AAUW members portray women who battled the odds and bucked tradition to become leaders in their respective fields. The Truckee AAUW offers up to three women from history per classroom; at the library on Friday, March 16, all six historical women will be present to give their audience biographical information about themselves and to bring alive their individual times in history.

Nan Barnett will portray Beatrix Potter, the English writer and illustrator of children’s books who produced the classic Tales of Peter Rabbit and 22 other animal stories over a 30-year period.

Leora Sapir will assume the persona of Annie Oakley, who was a dead shot with a rifle in childhood. She defeated in a contest the noted marksman Frank E. Butler, who went on to become her manager and husband in her theatrical performances of marksmanship in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

The British archaeologist, writer, and government official Gertrude Margaret Lowithian Bell will be played by Sal Bulkley. Bell traveled extensively in Persia at the end of the 19th century, and was one of the builders of modern Iraq.

Janna Caughron will portray the American anthropologist Margaret Mead, who is known for her studies of primitive societies and for her invaluable contributions to social anthropology during the first half of the 20th century.

Lin Zucconi will assume the identity of Lise Meisner, the Austrian-Swiss physicist and mathematician who first identified nuclear fission. She discovered the element protactinium in 1917.

Each woman from history will give a presentation from a specific point in her life, presenting biographical information in a 10-minute monologue, which will be followed by a short question and answer period. At the end of the collective presentations, the presenters will be available in a panel format to answer questions out of character.

Please join us at the library at 7 p.m. on March 16 for an informative and entertaining evening. Refreshments will be served after the performance, which is free of charge.

Special Events

— Women in History, presented by AAUW, Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. at the library

— Publishing Workshop Series: Bookshelf Stores and Friends of the Library co-host a series of workshops with local writers and artists who make their living at their craft. Tom Lippert, photographer and Laurel Hilde Lippert, writer and editor, kick off the new series Wednesday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library.

Special Programs for Children

— Between the Lions:

A PBS Reading Skills Program for ages 4 to 7, Wednesdays, 4 p.m., through March 28.

Regular Childrens’ Programs

— Saturday Morning Storytelling

For ages 3 to 7, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library, with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool.

— Friday Storytime

For ages 3 to 5, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the library. Joanne Stacher will bring her trained animals to Storytime on March 16, March 30 and April 13 to introduce preschoolers to the hows, whys and whens of interacting with pets.

— Tuesday Toddlertime

For ages 3 and under, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.

Now in the display case:

Ukranian eggs painted by Pamela Williams and Hillary Humphreys

Library Hours:

Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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