Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Learning Tree Book Talk Discussion

The second discussion in our four part book talk series on Kansas Literary Heritage took place on Monday, March 19. Our designated book was The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks. This was also the book chosen by the State Library for its One Book, One State project.
We began the program with a wonderful meal provided by Ellynne Booker including fried chicken, corn bread, apple butter, sweet potatoes, greens, peach cobbler and pound cake. A red velvet cake was provided by Naomi Long. The meal was based on Sister Sara's Sunday dinner as described in the book.

Our presenter was Carmaletta Williams, Professor of English at Johnson County Community College. She has visited our library several times in the past and is very popular with our patrons. Twenty-five people from a variety of backgrounds and ethnic groups attended this event. Carmaletta is a very dynamic presenter and engaged us in some very insightful and productive discussion. We had many positive comments about this event.

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