Join the Jackson Public Library, the Pope Memorial Library, and the Bartlett Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. for an all-ages performance of “Walker Between Worlds” performed by Maine talent Leland Faulker.
Walker Between Worlds is a harvest of Faulkner’s favorite traditional Native stories with told with an original perspective. These traditional tales of wonder are full of entertaining lessons and are a gift and legacy for future generations. It is a celebration of the beauty and simplicity of human imagination and the power of community.
Faulkner is a member of The Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians in Odenah, Wisconsin, his mother’s tribe, his father was a Shoshone Bannock tribal member from Fort Hall, Idaho. Leland has been a performer for over thirty five years. His parents were part of the U.S. Foreign Service and he grew up with an international background living in Afghanistan, Iran, and Africa. His performances have added to his world walking journey, as he has appeared in festivals and on tours all over the U.S. to Canada, Russia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Spain, and Turkey. Experiencing life in multiple cultures inspired the title for this very personal program Walker Between Worlds.
The One Book One Valley committee is happy to announce Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, is its selection for 2022. Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.
Mr. Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed. Just prior to the grand finale event, Mr. Talty will be the guest of honor at a “Meet the Author” event to be held at the Conway Public Library. Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $25 with proceeds benefiting One Book One Valley. Be on the lookout for TBD associated programming related to the themes of the book for the fall. Copies of the book will be available at all participating OBOV locations including White Birch Books. Comprised of White Birch Books and the public libraries of the Mount Washington Valley and beyond, One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.
Ordinarily, our 16 participating libraries and bookstores plan lectures and events around our annual book selection. This year live events have gotten tricky so, instead, we thought we could create activities you could do at home. Lichen Rancourt, with the Jackson Public Library, has offered several rounds of online trivia to our communities over the last 18 months and she agreed to produce a themed round to help celebrate One Book One Valley 2021. She says, “I changed up the format this time so that it’s self-paced. Do all the questions at once or work on them over a few days. Please, no researching or Googling for the answers and leave your team name and contact information to be eligible for a prize.”
We had a terrific discussion last night in Jackson about Dead by Dawn as well as a brainstorming session about our favorite book series. I thought it would be fun to extend that to offering all our participating libraries readers the chance to participate. I hope that by our big event on October 28th, we’ll have a good list of local favorites!
Family Diversity Projects creates traveling photo-text exhibits, books, and curriculum to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, bullying, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, and disabilities of all kinds.
*The Library is open: Tuesday & Thursday 10-7; Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday 2-5; Saturday 10-2. We are closed Mondays.
It is the story of the Maines family and their journey accepting and then supporting the male to female transition of one of their adopted twins. There is a lot to learn from this story and I am really excited to learn it via this story, through all the related programs taking place around the Valley inspired by it, and with all my friends in Jackson. Please look at the One Book One Valley website to see the variety of events available, the following is what we are hosting here:
Sunday, October 6 at 7pm. Ask a Transgender Person Anything sponsored by ACLU NH. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to have an open, respectful conversation with your transgender neighbors! This event series began two years ago, and has toured to well over a dozen libraries, schools, and churches across the state, educating the general public about what it means to be a transgender person in New Hampshire. The event begins with our panelists sharing a little bit about themselves, then the rest of the evening turned over to a moderated conversation between panelists and audience.
Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30pm. Group Discussion of Becoming Nicole at the Jackson Public Library. All are welcome.
Saturday, October 12 at 2pm. Stories and Songs with Shana Aisenberg. Shana Aisenberg is an area musician and music teacher. Shana is Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes (UUFES) in Tamworth NH. She regularly fiddles for contra dances, plays concerts, and teaches music on stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and more to students of all ages. Shana will be reading stories of inclusion and diversity and sharing songs from American folk traditions for everyone to sing along with. Fun for all ages.
Throughout October! Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People from the Family Diversity Projects and inspired by the Jackson Community Church is a “museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with people of all ages who are transgender and some of their partners and children. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and to educate people about this marginalized, and often invisible group of people.” The exhibit at the Library includes portraits as well as information and commentary about each portrait as a self guided tour. It will be exhibited through October. If you would like to help, I set up a Go Fund Me page to offset the expense of transporting and hosting these photos.