Neng Now: Speaking with Music

This program will introduce attendees to Hmong music and what makes it unique. Hmong music is the last surviving musical language in the world. It is able to mimic Hmong speech by using musical intervals, ornamentation, and chords to mimic linguistic tones, consonants, and vowels. This enables Hmong musicians to speak with music. As such, Hmong music not only gives us a window into where music and language meet, but also into the ability of human brains to assign and attribute meaning and significance.

Banned Book Club: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Foundation Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Group

Monthly theme: Banned in the USA

The books are science fiction, but the banning is very much the stuff of real life. Choose from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Amulet Of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Remember: The best way to get people to read something is by banning it!

Banned Book Club: The Bluest Eye

Celebrate Banned Books Week with the Carpe Librum Book Club as we discuss Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. According to the American Library Association, Morrison's 1970 debut was the third most challenged book of 2022, with 73 different challenges being brought against it in schools and libraries around the country. Join us for a discussion about this classic and other banned books at our monthly meeting. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk beginning September 1st.