The public response to the book, the discussions, and the videoconference with author Ivan Doig were exciting for the library and we were gratified to witness so much community engagement.
Local author Betty Cook Rottmann shared stories from her year teaching at a one-room schoolhouse in rural Missouri in 1941. As young woman, Betty moved from her urban life in Kansas City out to the country to teach for a year near the home of her boyfriend Leroy Rottmann. She wanted to test herself and find out what life was like in the country.
An appreciative audience listened while she read them her story, filled with charming anecdotes like the story of how her wedding dress became the whole town’s business. Making her own dress, Betty needed 14 yards of lace and asked the local store to order it in for her. She was startled to discover that her package, coming in from New York City, was extraordinary enough that the whole town knew when it arrived.
Over 200 people showed up last Wednesday night at William Woods auditorium in Fulton to hear about the working lives of horses in America 1880-1920. Equine instructor Laura Ward showed off some lovely horse blankets and sleigh bells. She also brought along great old photos of horses being used for all kinds of work.
The Boonslick Chord Busters and the Sweet Adelines chorus performed music from the era of “The Whistling Season” at a One Read concert at Columbia’s Cherry Street Artisan.