We are pleased to announce the 13th annual Huntingford Humanities Lecture, "Theories of Everything: An Evening with New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast," scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Chimacum High School Auditorium.
The Huntingford Humanities Lecture was established in 2001 in memory of Sara L. (Sally) Huntingford, a long time supporter of the Jefferson County Library. The Library District was formed in 1978, due in part to Sally's efforts. As a teacher and mother, Sally understood the importance of opening the door of learning to people who live in isolated, rural areas. She realized that quality library service was the key to that door. The Huntingford Lecture is funded by the Jefferson County Library and lecturers are chosen for their contribution to the humanities and their ability to communicate that knowledge in a broadly appealing way.
The history of Huntingford Humanities Lectures include the following celebrated speakers: 2013 - Karen Joy Fowler, 2012 - David Guterson, 2011 - Mary Doria Russell, 2010 - Garth Stein, 2009 - Nancy Pearl, 2008 - Sherman Alexie, 2007 - Timothy Egan, 2006 - Milenko Matanovic, 2005 - Stephanie Coontz, 2004 - Tom Jay, 2003 - Jim Wittaker, and the first Huntingford lecturer in 2002 - Ruth Kirk.
Our Huntingford Humanities Lecture guest speaker for 2014, Roz Chast, sold her first cartoon to The New Yorker magazine in1978 and has since established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, insecurities, and surreal imaginings of modern life.
Since then, nine collections have been published of Chast's cartoons, most recently Therories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006, a twenty-five year retrospective. In her newest book Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Chast chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. In the book Chast addresses the realities of what it is to get old in America today with tenderness and candor, and a good dose of her characteristic wit.
Chast recently collaborated with Steve Martin on the children's book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! published by Random House. Her children's book Too Busy Marco, was published by Simon and Schuster and released in 2010, with a sequel published in the fall of 2012. She has illustrated a book with songwriter Stephen Merritt called 101 Two-Letter Words to be published in fall, 2014.
Chast is known for her cast of recurring characters - generally hapless but relatively cheerful "everyfolk." In her cartoons, she addresses the universal topics of guilt, anxiety, aging, families, friends, money, real estate, and as she would say, "much, much more!" The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, has called Chast "the magazine's only certifiable genius." View a video interview of Chast at home in May, 2014 commemorating the publication of her 1,267th cartoon in The New Yorker here.
Chast grew up in Brooklyn. She received a BFA in 1977 from Rhode Island School of Design with studies in graphic design and painting, but returned to cartooning which she had begun in high school. Less than two years out of college, she was added to the forty or so artists under contract to The New Yorker which has continually published her work for 33 years, from black and white cartoons to color spreads, back pages and covers. In addition, she has provided cartoons and editorial illustrations for almost fifty magazines and journals from Mother Jones to Town & Country. She has illustrated several children's books and contributed to many humor collections, lectured widely and received several prestigious awards including honorary degrees from Pratt Institute and the Art Institute of Boston. In 2013 she was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Roz Chast lives in Connecticut with her family and several parrots.
Photo of Roz Chast by Bill Franzen
Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays! Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject at 3:00pm. Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00 and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.
Here's what's coming up:
Fizz! Boom! Read! Our 2014 Summer Reading Program features reading, activities, prizes and events for children and adults of all ages. Join us each week for exciting workshops such as Science with Thaddeus Jurczynski and Art with Sidonie Wilson. Learn to make Steampunk art, brush up on your fiction writing skills, or participate in our weekly Science Cafés. Enjoy performances by Oregon Shadow Puppet Theatre and entertainer extraordinaire Alex Zerbe. Read throughout the summer and win prizes.
"Great Decisions 2014" is coming to Jefferson County Library this month. Produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and facilitated by Joyce Francis, PhD; "Great Decisions" is America’s largest civic discussion program on world affairs. The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 96-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.
The first Great Decisions group was launched in Portland, Oregon in 1954 by FPA's Vice President Roger Mastrude. Based on the so-called "Avon" model of face-to-face, active and informal conversation, participants would read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics before meetings, where they aired their respective views and opinions. FPA would tally up opinion ballots and report the results to the Department of State. The program gained media attention, was picked up by local schools, and soon gained national attention.
The grassroots, face-to-face model adopted by Great Decisions more than 50 years ago continues today, with tens of thousands of participants taking part in discussions nationwide annually.More »
Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays! Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.
Have you ever finished reading a book and wished you could share your experience with someone that has read the same story? What story isn't better when shared? Forming a book reading group or book club is a great way to enrich our reading experience. Your library makes finding books for book clubs very simple by providing book club kits to our customers.
Book clubs can have a variety of functions and it's helpful to define the intention of the club to better serve club members. Some clubs have a social focus providing a common ground for regular meetings of the same members. Other groups meet simply for the joy of discussing specific authors or mutually agreed upon titles and are not intended to diverge into sharing personal life details.More »
The library concludes this year's Inquiring Mind lecture series with Robert Horton on Thursday, April 17. Horton, a movie critic for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, has spent more than 30 years writing and talking about film. The End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset will explore how movies reflect the history and culture of their times. Because of the dramatic changes seen in Westerns, the genre forces us to look critically at our own myths. Why do we need the clarity of “good guys” and “bad guys” at certain times? How do these movies challenge our way of thinking – and what happens to us when a movie forces us to question our long-cherished beliefs?
What better pairing could there be than a bold red wine and a really good book? Wind Rose Cellars of Sequim is again working with the Jefferson County Library, the Port Townsend Library Foundation and the North Olympic Library Foundation to sell Library RE(a)D, a 2011 Washington Wine.
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Stop by the library on Wednesday, December 11 between 3pm – 6pm for our annual Holiday Open House.
All ages are welcome to join us for refreshments and crafts. Create literary wreaths made from recycled book pages, design gift tags and greeting cards and make New Year’s poppers stuffed with friendship wishes to give as gifts. Materials will be provided. Harp music will be performed by Paula Lalish and refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Jefferson County Library.
At this year’s Open House there is much to celebrate: the newly remodeled space, a new Director, and another year of great programming. If you attend you’ll have the opportunity to ask the new Director, Meredith Wagner, about her plans for 2014, which will include more cultural and educational programs for all ages, enhanced adult services and digital learning classes.
“We expect to begin offering small group technology classes in early 2014,” said Wagner. “We are committed to helping our customers learn how to use the technologies that are necessary in today’s digital society and I am committed to assuring that everyone who uses our services, whether in the library or online, has a positive experience. With that in mind, I look forward to continuing our tradition of caring and responsive customer service.”
Please stop by and visit. We look forward to seeing you!