Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. Read more about Russell Readers Book Discussion
Join instructor, Crystal Kitchens, to learn to knit a scarf with your arms. Don't bring your knitting needles! Learn how to cast on, how to make the knit stitch, and how to cast off. Bring one skein of extra bulky (code 6) yarn ("Homespun Thick and Quick" is one brand) or two skeins of bulky (code 5) yarn. No knitting experience is required. To register please contact Teresa at email@example.com or call 256-461-0046. There is no fee for this workshop. This workshop is open to adults and youth ages 14 and up. Read more about Arm Knitting (Madison)
Join instructor, Crystal Kitchens. on Feb. 27 at the Madison Library from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. In this workshop, you'll make a basket with flat reed and a "D" handle. You'll learn how to handle basket reed, how to start a basket with a handle, and how to shape a basket. The finished baskets will have a 6-inch x 8-inch base. No basket making experience required. Basket making is wet work, so wear old clothes and bring a towel. The leader will bring all the tools and other supplies you'll need to use during the workshop. Please bring a sack lunch.
Registration is required. To register please contact Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-461-0046. There is a supply fee of $14. Please have your payment to the Madison library by Feb.6. Make checks payable to instructor, Crystal Kitchens.
A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last—glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream, Mathis’s first novel heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. Read more about S2S/B2B: Twelve Tribes of Hattie