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March 25, 2010

Three-Part Study of Huckleberry Finn Starts March 29

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 25, 2010                                                                                                 

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

LECTURE SERIES EXPLORES HUCKLEBERRY FINN

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                 Chautauqua South

                                Lecture Series with Jane Miller:  Study of The Adventures     of  Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American Literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn . . .it’s the best book we’ve had. 

All American writing comes from that.”

Jane Miller will present a three-part study of Mark Twain’s book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 29, April 5 and April 12 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart.  Books are available at the Blake Library Circulation desk. The programs are free and open to the public.

The book being used for the Lecture Series is the Third Critical Edition, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, ISBN  978-0-393-96640-4, W. W. Norton & Co.  The Third Critical Edition reprints the original illustrations accompanied by explanatory annotations.  This edition also presents readers with selections of historical information, including Mark Twain’s letters on the writing of the novel, and a section on the censorship of the book by schools and libraries. If books are not available at the Blake Library Circulation Desk, then any edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may be used in the Lecture Series, or order your own copy from a bookstore or online.

SCHEDULE:      

Monday, March 29    

10:00 – 11:00     Lecture by Jane Miller

11:00 – 12:00    Question & Answer on Chapters I – XVI

Monday, April 5         

10:00 – 11:00    Lecture by Jane Miller

11:10 – 12:00     Question & Answer on Chapters XVII – XLIII

 

Monday, April 12     

10:00 – 11:00     Lecture by Jane Miller

11:00 – 12:00      Question & Answer on Pages 299 – 392

                                     Critical Essays and Mark Twain Letters

THE FIRST LECTURE presents the issues that are responsible for the periodic banning of the book since it was first published in 1885.  Introduced is the character of Huckleberry Finn and the importance of Huck’s voice as narrator.  Also discussed are the reasons, after writing one third of the book, Mark Twain came to a full stop after Chapter XVI.

 

THE SECOND LECTURE centers on the last two thirds of the book that Mark Twain finally completed seven years after Chapter XVI.  Closely studied is Twain’s social satire that describes the “sivilization” Huck encounters on his trips from the raft.   The pros and cons from critics about Mark Twain’s final chapters, and the ending of the novel, are also evaluated.

THE THIRD LECTURE centers on the essays and letters in the last 100 pages of the Third Norton Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  A few are listed here: Mark Twain’s Blood–Curdling Humor by Robert Bridges 1885; An Introduction by T. S. Eliot 1950; Say It Ain’t So, Huck, Second Thoughts on Mark Twain’s ‘Masterpiece’ by Jane Smiley 1996; This Amazing, Troubling Book by Toni Morrison 1996. 

WHEN:                 Monday, March 29, April 5 and April 12, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:              Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  Registration not required. 

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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MCLS Celebrates National Library Week!

FOR RELEASE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK                                                                                          

APRIL 11-17, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

Communities Thrive @ your library:

Celebrate National Library Week with the Martin County Library System April 11-17

(STUART, FLORIDA) – It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  This year’s theme is “Communities Thrive @ your library.”  Stop by a Martin County library or visit the MCLS Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us, to see how the many types of information and services available to you there—for free—can help you thrive! 

“Libraries are the heart of every community and our library helps our community thrive,” says Judi Snyder, acting director of the Martin County Library System.  “At our library, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help.”

The Martin County Library System is celebrating National Library Week by presenting the following free programs.  (Unless otherwise noted, all Blake Library events listed are held in the John F. Armstrong Wing.)

2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Chautauqua South: Cashore Marionettes, “Simple Gifts,” Blake Library. Adults and children no younger than 2nd grade.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Chautauqua South: Cashore Marionettes, “Life in Motion,” Blake Library. Adults and young adults.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: Bleacher Boys, with producer and cinematographer Karen Hunter, Blake Library.  Funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

2 p.m. Monday, April 12, Sampler Book Club with Sandy Withers, Discussion of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

10 a.m. Monday, March 29, April 5 and April 12 – Three-part Lecture Series with Jane Miller: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14Career Workshop with Career Coach and Executive Recruiter Kathy Shabotynskyj, How to Find a GOOD job in 90 Days: The 5-Step Guide to a Successful Job Search, Blake Library.

 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14Free Réesumé Workshop Webinar with résumé expert Barbara Safani , Blake Library.

4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 – Art Explorations for Ages 6 and older, Aboriginal Dreaming: Walkabout Through the Outback!   Blake Library.  Pre-registration required.  Call 772-221-1407 to register.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

7  p.m. Thursday, April 15 – Chautauqua South: Porch Dogs, An Evening of Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Music, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

2 p.m. Friday, April 16 – Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning, IRSC Professor Series, Susan L. Wallace, Ph.D., Mayan Calendar and “2012”: A Passage in Time, Blake Library.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

For more information, call 772/221-1403, visit the MCLS Web site, http://library.martin.fl.us, or  pick up a Library Connection at any of the following Martin County libraries: 

  • Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart (772/288-5702)
  • Cummings, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City (772/288-2551)
  • Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown (772/597-4200)
  • Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound (772/546-2257)
  • Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach (772/463-2870)
  • Robert Morgade Library, Chastain Campus IRCC, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart (772/463-3245)

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