Blessed with enormous talents and the energy and ambition to go with them, Franklin was a statesman, author, inventor, printer, and scientist. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and later was involved in negotiating the peace treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War. He also invented bifocals, a stove that is still manufactured, a water-harmonica, and the lightning rod.
Franklin's extraordinary range of interests and accomplishments are brilliantly recorded in his Autobiography, considered one of the classics of the genre. Covering his life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly, this charming self-portrait recalls Franklin's boyhood, his determination to achieve high moral standards, his work as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, experiences during the French and Indian War, and more. Related in an honest, open, unaffected style, this highly readable account offers a wonderfully intimate glimpse of the Founding Father sometimes called "the wisest American." Read more about Literary Giants: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization—and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors. Read more about Literary Giants: Animal Farm
Heartfelt, incisive, and timeless, The Confessions of Saint Augustine has captivated readers for more than fifteen hundred years. Retelling the story of his long struggle with faith and ultimate conversion -- the first such spiritual memoir ever recorded -- Saint Augustine traces a story of sin, regret, and redemption that is both deeply personal and, at the same time, universal. Read more about Literary Giants: The Confessions of St. Augustine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)