HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES:
Date/Time: SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Lecture Topic: “NANCY DREW: IOWA’S HEROINE TO THE WHOLE WORLD”
Presenter: BARBARA LOUNSBERRY
Nancy Drew is the most popular female detective in fiction. Today she even outsells
Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s venerable heroine. More than 200 million copies of
Nancy Drew mysteries have been sold, and she has been translated into 17 different
Few know, however, that Nancy is an Iowa heroine and that her creator was Mildred
Augustine of Ladora, Iowa. Augustine wrote The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden
Staircase—in fact 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries. “Like a true daughter of the
Middle West, “Augustine wrote in the first Nancy Drew volume, The Secret of the Old
Clock, published in 1930, “Nancy Drew took pride in the fertility of her state and saw
beauty in a crop of waving green corn as well as in the rolling hills and the expanse of
Augustine was 25 when she wrote those words at her parents’ home in Ladora. Her
authorship of the first Nancy Drew mysteries—and single-handed creation of Nancy’s
admirable character—were kept secret for more than 50 years. Equally distressing is the
fact that as Nancy grew in popularity, her Iowa roots were disguised.
This presentation is designed to fortify
Iowans young and old!
Date/Time: SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Lecture Topic: “IOWA VETERANS: IN THEIR OWN WORDS”
Presenter: SARA ROBINSON
Surviving a Prisoner of War (POW) Camp, describing the sight, sounds and smells of Vietnam, feeling the bitter cold of a Korean winter. Sara has heard them all and wants to share these amazing first-hand accounts with you. No one speaks better about the experiences of war than the veterans themselves. Sara preserves these stories through video to help educate the public about life in the military. You will hear accounts of the day Pearl Harbor was bombed and the morning the Twin Towers were attacked, what it was like to be a woman in the military in WWII and what it feels like to be in and IED explosion driving across Iraq.
COMING SOON are more free public HISTORICAL LECTURES are scheduled for OCTOBER & NOVEMBER!
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CHILDREN’S PLAY THERAPY HOUR
With CAROLINE OBERMILLER, LMCH, RPT
REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST
Starting this September, join us on every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Malvern Public Library for our brand-new and FREE program, the Children’s Play Therapy Hour!
This hour-long program is intended for young children ages 1-5 and their parents. Registered play therapist Caroline Obermiller will incorporate reading a story, playing a game & engaging in a fun activity into each session. Each month will have its own designated “topic of the month”. Details for September are as follows:
Topic of the Month: Self
Books: “Mixed Up Chameleon”, “I Like Myself”, “It’s Okay to be Different”
Activity: Painting a Self Portrait with Parents
IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION (IPTV) STORY HOUR in OCTOBER
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES DATES/TIMES
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REMEMBERING A FRIEND OF THE LIBRARY
J.W. ABERCROMBIE, JR.
We all lovingly referred to him as “Jay”, our Malvern Senior Center’s commander-in-chief and one of Malvern’s very best good Samaritans. The news of his passing came as a shock to me, as I know it did to the rest of us. I can still remember the first time I met him. He was so very dutiful and chivalrous about his charge as facilitator of the Malvern Senior Center -- and he was funny! You could always count on Jay to have a good story up his sleeve to get you laughing or shaking your head in disbelief. His disarming sense of humor and gentle disposition left a mark on all who knew him.
I will always be grateful for Jay’s devotion to serving the hungry seniors of our community and for his vested interest in all things Malvern Public Library. Oftentimes, Jay was front and center at my programming events here in the library, cheering me on and going out of his way to get to know the people in attendance around him. Jay was always looking after the people around him, too. Authentic and kind. That was just the kind of person that he was. You could always count on Jay to speak his mind, and you may not have always agreed with everything he had to say, but you could always count on him to be your friend. We miss you, J.W., but we know we’ll “catch you later”!
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