Opinion

Check It Out/'Gospels in Glass' is May 17 at public library

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I am very excited about a program coming to the library next week. Thanks to a donation from Jean Gaddy Wilson, we will be hosting a program titled "Gospels in Glass" on Wednesday, May 17th at 7 p.m.

This program takes you on a tour of Missouri's treasury of religious stained glass. Using original slides of church windows throughout the state, Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering will show you how to understand and appreciate the religious subject matter and artistic styles found in windows from the late 19th century through the end of the 20th. The slides illustrate the great range of topics presented in Missouri church windows, both common and unusual. By examining windows fro studios in Missouri, across the U.S., and in Europe, Burnett and Luebbering will acquaint you with important trends in the history of church windows. This program will give you a new appreciation for this important art form and help you see church windows in a new lights.

Husband and wife team Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering are the authors of three books on Missouri history and culture: "German Settlement in Missouri; New Land, Old Ways," about the state's largest ethnic group; "Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri," a study of the lives of women from many European immigrant groups; and "Gospels in Glass: Stained Glass Windows in Missouri Churches," a history of religious stained glass illustrated with 120 original color photographs of Missouri church windows. Robyn Burnett is a free-lance writer and photographer. Ken Luebbering is a writer and scholar of American studies, formerly a professor at Lincoln University and Fulbright scholar to Poland and Norway.

Copies of the book "Gospels in Glass" will be available for purchase after the program.

New books

Fiction

-- "Second Sight" -- Amanda Quick

-- "The Englisher" -- Beverly Lewis

-- "Fortune's Son" -- Walter Mosley

-- "Firefly Cloak" -- Sheri Reynolds

-- "What Price Love?" -- Stephanie Laurens

Non-fiction

-- "Seducing the Demon" -- Erica Jong

-- "Jesus Papers" -- Michael Baigent

-- "Barbra: The Way She Is" -- Christopher Andersen

Library events

-- Preschool Story Time each Tuesday,10 a.m. Games, stories, crafts. Appropriate for children approximately 3 to 7 years.

-- Pajama Story Time each Monday, 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. Wear your jammies or come as you are. Games, crafts, stories.

-- Wee Ones Lap Time Story Times for babies up to 24 months, each Wednesday, 10 am. Interactive finger play and song time for mothers and babies.

-- Travel With Lewis & Clark Series every other Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 pm. Moderated by Marvin Wilhite.

How can I support the Marshall Public Library?

-- Bring your receipts from Patricia's into the library when you're returning or checking out books. Each month, Patricia's Foods will donate a portion of the collected receipts to the library.

-- When purchasing items from Amazon.com, use the link to Amazon that appears on the Marshall Public Library's Web site: www.marshallpubliclibrary.com. A portion of your purchase will go to support the library.

-- Consider joining Friends of the Marshall Libraries. Membership forms are available at the library.

-- Honor a mentor. Celebrate a friend. Commemorate an event. A gift to the Marshall Public Library is a unique and enduring way to pay tribute to friends and family. Your generosity will be a lasting source of joy and enrichment for the community. For additional information, please call (660) 886-3391 with any questions.

Column compiled by Cathie Forbes and Priscilla McReynolds. Check It Out appears Wednesday.