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Read. Think. Share. Engage. The 2015 Community Read is here!
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has selected “Thieving Forest” by Martha Conway as the 2015 Community Read selection. During the months of March and April, the library will encourage the Seneca County community to read the book and come together for special events and discussions celebrating it. The author, Martha Conway, will speak at the Library as part of the program.
The novel has won the 2014 North American Book Award in historical fiction. The book takes place in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp. “Thieving Forest” is the story of seventeen-year old Susanna Quiner after Potawatomi Indians kidnap her four older sisters. Both of her parents are dead from Swamp Fever and Susan decides to find the sisters herself. The novel is about her quest and the parallel story of her sisters’ new lives, as they deal with starvation, slavery, betrayal and love. According to Amazon.com, the book is “Fast-paced, richly detailed, with a panoramic view of cultures and people, this is historical fiction that is sure to enthrall and delight.”
Books are available for check out for seven day circulation at the Library. The book may also be ordered for purchase at Paper and Ink.
As part of the Community Read, the library is to host a series of special programs pertaining to the book.
“Thieving Forest” was the selected title for the Let's Talk About It and the Coffee by the Book discussion groups in March.
There was a panel discussion on Thursday, March 26 that included Robert Berg, Emeritus Professor of German and Archivist at Heidelberg University; Ken Krieger, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University; Tonia Hoffert, Director of the Seneca County Museum; and Mark Steinmetz, the Assistant Director of the Seneca County Museum. Panel members will discuss German religious settlements in Ohio, local history of Tiffin and Seneca County and the effects of the Great Black Swamp on the area’s history.
Miriam Fankhauser, retired Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Tiffin University spoke about Isaac Dumond on Thursday, April 2. Dumond was the patriarch of one of the first Seneca County families in the Great Black Swamp in 1821.
On Thursday, April 9 the Library featured the 1982 movie “The Story of the Great Black Swamp” a WBGU-PBS documentary that investigates the Great Black Swamp area from its creation during the glacial ages to its transformation into farmland.
Sauder Village presented “Natives and Newcomers” on Thursday, April. Nancy Lewis, an interpreter from Sauder Village, will spoke about what life was like in Northwest Ohio in 1803, the year Ohio became a state and about the daily life of Native Americans and the European Fur Traders.
The library hosted a public book discussion on “Thieving Forest” Sunday, April 19, led by Trinity Lescallett, Manager of Adult Services at the Library.
On Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 am in the Frost Kalnow Room, Martha Conway, the Community Read author, will present a Writers’ Workshop. Conway taught creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio. She tweets ten-minute prompts and exercises every day on twitter (#10minprompt, #WritingExercise) via @marthamconway. Her first novel 12 Bliss Street was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, The Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing. Participants are asked to register for the Writer’s Workshop by calling the Library or on the online calendar.
Also on April 23 at 7:00 pm, Conway is to host a public presentation about the book and is the featured event of the Community Read. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for autographs.
All events at the library are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, unless otherwise stated. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the T-SPL and Beeghly Library.
For more information, please call the library at (419) 447-3751.
Our very first FREE Comic Book Day!
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “Free Comic Book Day” on Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 to 3 pm in the Frost Kalnow Room.
For all ages, the whole family is invited to celebrate the world of comic books through activities like “Draw Your Own Comic,” “Caption the Comic Panel,” a comics-themed selfie photo booth station and comics crafts. Local comic book artists Patrick Lay and Ed Burkholder will be on hand to answer questions and draw sketches. One free comic book, donated by major comic book retailers, will be given per person. Participants may wear their favorite comic book hero costume.
No registration is necessary. For more information, please call the Library at 419-447-3751, stop at the Check-Out Desk or go to the Library’s events calendar.