Go Big Read: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

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Friday, December 2 at 5 PM
In-person at the Columbus Public Library and live on Zoom

This compelling #1 New York Times bestseller examines the legacy of slavery in America—and how both history and memory continue to shape our everyday lives.

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation's collective history, and ourselves.

It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned-maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.

Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith's debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.

The Columbus Public Library is pleased to partner with the UW-Madison Go Big Read program, which is a book program designed to engage members of the campus community and beyond in a shared, academically focused reading experience. Madison Public Library has partnered with UW since the beginning of the program in 2009 to extend the program into the greater Madison area by providing book club kits for checkout and hosting book discussions and related programming.

The Columbus Public Library will present this discussion in a hybrid format, both online via Zoom and in-person in the lower level of the library. Seating at the library is limited.

All who wish to attend, please register here and indicate whether you plan to attend in-person or online. Email address is required.

Join us for Family Board Game Night!

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The library is hosting monthly Family Board Game Nights! Mark your calendars and join us on Friday, November 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm! Drop-in any time. We will have a variety of games available. Bring your own board or table top game and teach others.

Light supper will be provided. RSVP is encouraged to ensure enough food. You can RSVP by filling out this quick online form.

Parents, please ensure that at least one parent/guardian remains on site for your family during the program.

Thank You to Those Who Helped Make the Eunique Jones Gibson program possible

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The Columbus Public Library is grateful to the Columbus Area Endowment for their generous support of our programming. The Endowment is an incredible resource, and our community is fortunate to have it available. This event simply could not have taken place without the CAE.

In addition, we would like to acknowledge the support of The Virtual Project, which is a collaboration among the public libraries of Columbia County to bring virtual programming to their patrons. The participating Project members were instrumental in publicizing this program through their local libraries.

Last but not least, we would like to thank our patrons for attending this program. We like to repeat the library adage: "Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build programs. Great libraries build communities." We are grateful to our wonderful Columbus community for their participation in all of our programs.

Our thanks to you all.

Columbus Literacy Council Looking for Tutors

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The Columbus Literacy Council is looking for tutors to work with children and adults of all abilities. The Columbus Literacy Council is able to offer, but are not limited to, ESL, remedial school help for all grades, GED test prep, citizenship and other subjects. If you would like to get involved, send an email with your name, phone and/or email, and area of interest columbusliteracycouncil087 [at] gmail.com

If you would like to work with a tutor, please send an email with your learning goal to interest to: columbusliteracycouncil087 [at] gmail.com