Today is the day the birthday of the founder of our country is celebrated (known colloquially as “President’s Day). Did you know that George Washington was an avid reader? According to the The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Washington’s library was his go-to source when researching politics, farming, and warfare, but it also provided a rich source of entertainment, in the form of novels, plays, and poetry, as well as food for thought, in works on religious and philosophical subjects. “I conceive a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.” – GEORGE WASHINGTON to Jonathan Boucher, July 9, 1771
From time to time we’re asked the difference been the Library and the Johann Fust Foundation. The Foundation owns and maintains all of the original library grounds, gardens and buildings as well as the fine collections of artifacts and rare books. Throughout the year the Foundation sponsors many of the adult events and presentations that take place at the Library. The Lee County Library System now provides the library services. Professional library staff manage the print, audio visual and digital collections. They provide computer assistance, e-clinics, circulation and reference services, and present children's programming. https://www.jfcl.org/
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A reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th brings the next feature in our literary Series. At 4pm in the Library’s Loggia, our own Alice Bingham Gorman will speak about her new book, Valeria Vose. Called “a spellbinding literary page turner” by Lee Smith, author of Dimestore: A Writer’s Life. The novel, which chronicals a woman’s journey of self-discovery after a shocking divorce, is Gorman’s first novel and one of many literary accomplishments. The event is free and open to the public. https://alicebinghamgorman.com/
The next feature in our literary Series is a special one. On February 12th, at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia, our own Alice Bingham Gorman will speak about her new book, Valeria Vose. Gorman is a Boca Grande resident and Board Member, Emeritus, of the Library. She is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Her articles have been published in Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Delta Review, The Maine Times and other publications since 1969. Her poetry was published in the chapbook, Summer in Tenants Harbor, a long time ago. She was the co-editor and contributor to Island Dreams, an anthology of poems written by The Live Poets’ Society of Boca Grande. The event is free and all are welcome.
Our next program is a two-part feature. Today, Thursday, January 31st, at 4pm in the In the Community Center Auditorium, the award-winning documentary "My Architect" will be screened. In this stunning film, Nathaniel Kahn explores the life and work of his father, renowned architect Louis Kahn. Kahn’s work includes the Yale Art Gallery, the Salk Institute in California, the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth and perhaps his greatest work, the capitol of Bangladesh in Dhaka. Many consider him to be the foremost architect of the 20th century. Tomorrow, Friday, February 1st, at 2pm in the Library’s Loggia, we will have an informal discussion about the film. Both events are free and open to the public.
A reminder that today, January 24th, at 4pm, in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, the JF Foundation Library Foundation is honored to present Ellie LeBlond Sosa, granddaughter of Barbara and President George H. W. Bush. She will speak about her book, George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story, and about her legendary grandparents. Ms. Sosa and coauthor Kelly Anne Chase share intimate interviews with the Bushes and family friends, for a never-before-seen look into the private life of a very public couple. Ms. Sosa is based in Boston, Massachusetts, where she works for a healthcare nonprofit and teaches fitness in Boston as well as retreats for women around the world. She will be interviewed by her mother, Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of Barbara and George Bush. The event is free and open to the public.
A plaque at Johann Fust Library in Boca Grande reads "Fire hundred years after the invention of printing. Roger and Louise Amory gave this library to the people of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor and named it for Johann Fust of Mainz Germany who through the faith and persistence and wealth brought the invention to practical completion."
A reminder that tomorrow, Fred Rich will discuss "Writing as a Second Career". Rich studied public and international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and moral philosophy at King's College, Cambridge, before receiving his law degree at University of Virginia Law School. He spent his law career as a partner at the prestigious New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, before surprising his partners by leaving at the end of 2014 to devote himself full-time to writing. This free event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8 at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia. Everyone is welcome.
Next in our Literary Series: Fred Rich will discuss "Writing as a Second Career". Rich was a partner at the prestigious New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and was recognized as “the preeminent project finance lawyer in the world.” And then, in 2014, he abruptly announced to his surprised partners and clients that he was switching careers. To banking, perhaps? Politics? No, to be an author. And therein lies a story. Today, Rich – who does a two month writing retreat each year here on Gasparilla Island – is an author who says his writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is meant to probe contemporary political and moral issues from a fresh perspective. This free event will take place Tuesday, January 8 at 4pm in the Library’s Loggia. Everyone is welcome.
Website of Frederic C. Rich, author of Getting to Green (W.W. Norton 2016), a non-fiction book about environmental polit...