Library series will begin today

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

WARRENTON — Warren County Memorial Library will host a variety of programs during February to celebrate Black History Month.

Each event will honor some aspect of the diverse accomplishments, rich history and impact of blacks on the life of the nation.

At noon on each Saturday during the month, a series titled “Visions and Voices” will present a program on a topic of local interest. All programs are free and open to the public. Additional details can be found online or at wcmlibrary.org or by calling (252) 257-4990.

The series includes:

• Today: A discussion of the impact of “Rosenwald Schools and the Fabulous Jeanes Teachers” led by humanities librarian Joanne Abel.

• Feb. 9: A tribute, “The Legacy of Renowned Artist, Ruth Russell Williams,” with her son, Rick Russell, sharing her life and artistic experiences.

• Feb. 16: Author Jane Ball-Groom will describe techniques and rewards of researching family history a discussion of “The Personal Impact of Genealogy.”

• Feb. 23: Thomas Parks will discuss “Poetic Voices of Jazz: A Tribute to Jazz Musicians.”

The library will also present several related programs. At 11 a.m. on Feb. 12, Kay Tillotson, genealogical research librarian at the State Library of North Carolina, will offer “Tips and Tools for Beginning Your Genealogy Research” to help residents explore their roots.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, the Warren County Artists Market will host “A Gathering of Artists & Poets Reception,” a show of original paintings. Poets will read poems they have written about the artwork. The art and poetry will be exhibited in the library until March 19.

The final special event of the month will be a theater presentation of “Aesop’s Fables” by the talented actors of Bright Star Theater on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and entire families will enjoy this retelling of such stories as “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

Each animal-filled adventure highlights timeless virtues such as honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.