Meet Foundation Board President Candice Shy Hooper: Born on Guam to a Navy hospital corpsman and his intrepid Hoosier wife, Candice Shy Hooper attended nine schools before her high school graduation. The one constant in her nomadic life were the libraries from Saipan to Norfolk, Virginia, that her parents made the family’s first stop in every household move. With an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Georgetown University, it was only after a career on Capitol Hill (as aide to the late Congressman Charlie Wilson) and as a lobbyist with her husband Lindsay, that she “discovered” her true intellectual passion. Returning to school in 2006, she earned an MA in history, with a concentration in military history, from George Washington University. Author of Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives, Candy’s participation in the One Big Grande Boca Book Club, the Live Poets’ Society of Boca Grande, and her devotion to the JF Library Foundation keep her busy half the year. The rest is spent in Arlington, Virginia, and Wilson, Wyoming.
Favorite Book since June 2016: Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives – Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War—for Better and for Worse by Candice Shy Hooper.
Prior to that, one of her favorite books – An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson.
Tomorrow is Beatrix Potter's birthday and we're having a special tea party! Join in rabbit games and make your own bunny ears to hop around in, and hear the Tale of Peter Rabbit at 3:30 at the Johann Fust Community Library. We hope to see you there!
A few photos from the Volunteer Appreciation Event at the JF Community Library last night! A wonderful time was had by all and the volunteers left with some delightful, decadent chocolates! Many thanks to the wonderful Board and staff for this lovely evening!
The JF Library Foundation Book Sale is right around the corner! Your donations of Books and DVDs/ CDs /Audio Books are welcomed through this Saturday at the Library. The sale will be held in the Library Loggia on March 20-22nd. Monday and Tuesday hours will be 9:30 - 5pm and Wednesday hours will be 9:30 - noon.
TOMORROW: Wednesday at 4:30 pm Candice Shy Hooper, Historian, Author and JF Library Foundation President, will speak on her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War – For Better and for Worse (May 2016). Hooper’s book uncovers the profound impact of military wives on the Civil War by examining the lives of Jessie Fremont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant. The program will begin at 4:30 pm in the BG Community Center Auditorium. Tickets are required.
REMINDER: As part of the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center's History and Heritage Lecture Series, JF Library Foundation President Candice Shy Hooper will speak at 4:30 pm on March 15th at the BG Community Center Auditorium. America’s leading Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, said of her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War – For Better and for Worse (May 2016), “here are fresh, revealing, well-crafted portraits of women who not only helped propel their husbands to major military careers, but established themselves, for better or worse, as formidable battlers in their own right.” Using the couples’ letters, memoirs, and photographs, along with new maps that follow the women’s travels during the war, Hooper reveals a hidden chapter of Civil War history. We look forward to seeing you there. Tickets to the event can be purchased here http://www.friendsofbocagrande.org/happenings/history-heritage-lecture-series/
Meet Gladys Varga, Library Associate: Gladys Varga is our new part-time Library Associate whom you can find most mornings at our library. Born and raised in rural Medina, Ohio, Gladys Varga graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English Literature and Library Science. While working as a librarian in 1989, she discovered her talent and passion for storytelling and has been yakking professionally ever since. During her 25-year career as an independent Arts Integrated Teaching Artist for storytelling, drama, and writing, Gladys has presented workshops, creative programs, and performances for literally hundreds of audience members of all ages. She is delighted to return to librarianship as a career where she may share her programming and research skills with others.
One of her favorite books: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Tomorrow, in partnership with The Planters, The JF Library Foundation is proud to present Florence Williams, who will discuss her book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and more creative.
The event will be held in the Library Loggia at 4pm. A reception and book signing will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
The JF Library Foundation, in partnership with The Planters, is proud to present Florence Williams, who will discuss her book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and more creative. Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones, High Country News, O-Oprah, W., Bicycling and numerous other publications.
The event will be held on March 7th in the Library Loggia at 4pm. A reception and book signing will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
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This is the official website of Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix and Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History...
We are excited to announce that Candice Shy Hooper, JF Library Foundation President, will speak as part of the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center's History and Heritage Lecture Series about her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War – For Better and for Worse (May 2016). Catherine Clinton, author of Mrs. Lincoln: A Life, said of the book: "Brimming with rich detail, Hooper’s brisk and beguiling narrative weaves together the military and the personal to introduce a fascinating cast of characters: John Charles Frémont and Jessie Benton, George McClellan and his wife Nelly, Ellen and William T. Sherman, and Ulysses Grant and Julia Dent. These Union women emerge from the shadows and take their rightful place in the forefront of Civil War women’s history.”
We still have limited seating for the JF Library Foundation 2017 Annual Benefit on Thursday, March 2 at the BG Community Center Auditorium!
You can pick up an invitation and RSVP forms at Library or Library Foundation or call us at (941) 964-0211 and the Foundation will mail it to them. Individual Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships start at $250 per person and include the reception that follows at the home of Ann and Bob Fletcher. We hope to see you there.
Joseph Kanon will keynote the event. He is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages including Los Alamos, which won the Edgar Award for best first novel and The Good German, which was made into a film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Learn more about him here:
About The Author - Joseph Kanon
Joseph Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels.