Most of the time, I look at the books on the library’s shelves and am excited at the prospect of finding my new favorite book. However, every once in a while, I look at all of the books and become dejected, knowing that there are thousands and thousands of amazing books published that I will not have the time to read.
So, when I am looking for something new to read in my limited time—and, contrary to popular belief, librarians do not get to read all day at work—I ask myself, should I reread a favorite? Should I read a title or author in my favorite genre? Or, should I branch out and read a book that is different from my normal choice?
As fascinating and inspirational as we find the trials and triumphs of the African American women mathematicians profiled in our Rappahannock Reads selection, Hidden Figures, there are many, many such stories that our own friends and neighbors can tell us. We’ve invited some of those friends and neighbors to join us on Thursday, February 23, 7:00, at Headquarters Library for a lively panel discussion and to share with us their stories that parallel, in ways both large and small, those of the women of Hidden Figures. The stories may describe our past, but they will illuminate our present day and inform our future. Our panel members include: Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, Daisy Howard-Douglas, Dorothy Jackson, Johnny Johnson, Sandra and Donald Manigault, Cynthia Montague, Xavier Richardson, and Frank White. Our moderator will be DeShawn Robinson-Chew.
Come to the library, and join the discussion. We’ll even serve refreshments! Read more about the panel members below.
When you think about the Space Race, what comes to mind? Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind? John Glenn orbiting the Earth? Maybe even the Russian satellite, Sputnik. Whatever you think of, it’s probably not World War II and racial discrimination. That’s where Margot Lee Shetterly starts the story, though, in Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space. This is the Young Readers’ Edition of her bestselling adult book, which has been adapted into a movie and is CRRL’s Rappahannock Read for 2017.