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Sundays, Dec. 6th, Jan. 10th & Feb. 7th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Willa Cather: A Book Discussion Series
Led by Mark Scarbrough
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Join Mark Scarbrough as he leads this three-part series featuring Willa Cather. Willa Cather is considered to be one of the most important American novelists of the first half of the twentieth century. Seen as a regional writer for decades after her passing in 1947, critics have increasingly identified Cather as a canonical American writer, the peer of authors like Hemingway, Faulkner and Wharton. Born in Virginia in 1873, Cather settled in Webster County, Nebraska, in 1883. Though she lived the rest of her life in Pittsburgh and New York and traveled extensively, Cather’s depictions of the Nebraska prairie and farming communities were important milestones in American literature. “Miss Cather is Nebraska's foremost citizen,” wrote author and Nobel Prize-winner Sinclair Lewis. “The United States knows Nebraska because of Willa Cather’s books.”

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic. He did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin where he was the department’s senior lecturer, then landed in the English department at Saint Edward’s University in Austin. His academic papers included those on Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years he resigned and moved to New York to write. 

In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is bruceandmark.com. Space is limited. Registration is required. Books are available at the library to borrow four  weeks in advance of the discussion.

December 6th - O’Pioneers
This powerful early novel tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the lands they have struggled to farm. Evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, this landmark of American fiction unfurls a saga of love, greed, murder, failed dreams, and hard-won triumph.

January 10th - 
My Ántonia
Considered by many to be her finest work, My Ántonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. In the quiet, probing depth of Cather’s art, Ántonia’s story becomes an elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.

February 7th - A Lost Lady
One of Willa Cather’s classic novels about life on the Great Plains, A Lost Lady harks back to Nebraska’s early history and contrasts those days with an unsentimental portrait of the materialistic world that supplanted the frontier. In her subtle portrait of Marian Forrester, whose life unfolds in the midst of this disquieting transition, Cather created one of her most memorable and finely drawn characters.


Wednesday, December 9th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Cookbook Club - Cookies
with OWL Staff
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Are you looking for fun, fresh ideas for your cookie plates this upcoming holiday season? Join Adult Services Librarian Audra MacLaren and Librarian Patricia Moore at our meeting of the OWL Cookbook Club. We are excited to chat about (and eat!) cookies we have never tried before, as well as those time-tested family favorites. 

Beginning a month before the discussion date we will have an assortment of cookbooks available for check out - select the one that most interests you. 

Over the course of the month we encourage you to make recipes from your book and come ready to chat about what worked, what didn’t, and what you cannot wait to make again. Audra and Patricia will be bringing their favorite cookies and encourage you to do the same. Do not be intimidated - we are all just amateur cooks who love books! Be sure to bring the recipe that accompanies your cookies. Space is limited. Registration is required. 

NEW! Stay in touch with The Cookbook Club and print out recipes from past meetings by visiting our new blog: www.owlcookbookclub.wordpress.com

Thursday, December 10th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Everyday Mystic: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
with Authors Theresa Joseph & Linda Fallo-Mitchell
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During this in-depth talk about mysticism in the 21st century, Theresa and Linda will help you to discover that inner peace, love and joy are already within you - if you know where to look. While working full-time and taking care of two children, the Divine began showing up to Theresa and started speaking. She always believed that her job was, and still is, to listen and record what she heard. Everyday Mystic was the outcome. The book is the story of the author’s unlikely journey from IBM financial executive to everyday mystic; how she began, in the course of her daily life, to see and hear the Divine. Theresa will share some of the messages she received over the years, all of which transcend religious boundaries and will deepen your spiritual practice. 

Theresa Joseph, founder of the Global Peace Movement and Channeled Grace Healing Circles, is a mystic, spiritual mentor, intuitive healer, Reiki Master and artist whose mission is to empower others by raising consciousness, manifesting peace and channeling grace. Previously Theresa spent 18 years in finance at IBM. She has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and an MBA in Banking and Finance. 

Linda Fallo-Mitchell, Ph.D. is the Director of the Global Peace Movement and co-leader of Channeled Grace Healing Circles. She is an intuitive healer and Reiki Master and her healing practice integrates her experiences over the last 30 years as a college professor, corporate researcher and educational consultant. Linda holds a doctorate in psychology.

Light refreshments will be served. The author will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Thursday, December 17th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

An Evening of Classical Guitar
with Francesco Barone
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Francesco Barone is emerging as one of the new breed of classical guitarist. His concerts bring a strong sense of communication, artistry, and musical depth to the audience. His commentary concerning the music being performed enhances the audiences appreciation and understanding of the performance. 

In this program, Barone will present a recital featuring solo guitar music from many ages and cultures - from the Renaissance to the present and from countries around the world. He will perform music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Andrew York, Alexandre Tansman and Manuel Ponce who respectively represent Germany, the United States, Poland, Mexico and France.

Award winning guitarist Francesco Barone holds a Bachelor of Music from Temple University in Guitar Performance where he studied with guitarist/composer Allen Krantz. He then received a Master of Music from The Hartt School where he was awarded the Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Guitar and performed with their prestigious 20/20 chamber ensemble. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical under Professor Emeritus of Guitar Richard Provost. As a dedicated teacher he has taught at Columbia University, Hartt School of Music, Settlement Music School and other institutions. He currently serves on the faculty of the Hartt Community Division at the Hartt School. You can visit his website at francescobarone.weebly.com Space is limited. Registration is required.



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