FREE tickets will be available Aug. 1 for Longmire mystery series author Craig Johnson‘s visit, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. One Book Wyoming, “Spirit of Steamboat,” by Craig Johnson will be discussed. If you have not yet passed your copy on, please consider dropping it by the library. We will send it home with a new reader. Your library has a CD audio book & a hard cover of the novella available for check out.
If you are a fan of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire mysteries, or if you can’t wait for Monday night to see your favorite Absaroka Sherriff come to life on A&E channel’s LONGMIRE television show, the Powell Branch Library has exciting news for you! We have put together several activities for August culminating in a visit from Craig Johnson himself on Sunday, August 17th at noon at the library. First, we will be getting together to discuss the One Book Wyoming novella, Spirit of Steamboat, on Thursday, August 7th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Copies are available today! We have seats available, so stop in and get signed up! Second, The American Dream Drive-In has graciously agreed to have a LONGMIRE night on Thursday, August 14th! They will show two episodes starting at sundown. Entry is free and the concession stand will be open to purchase goodies while we watch LONGMIRE on the big screen. Your librarians will be out on the town Friday, August 15th handing out special “tickets” for the Sunday visit from Craig.
Take a book journey through Scotland, England and Ireland with Wally Johnson 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27 “I plan to explain the subject by describing the literature that we have in the library as a resource to take others on a journey where they will be able to better understand life, literature and culture from a distant time and place as it affects our life here in Cody today,” said Wally. He has just returned from a pilgrimage to the United Kingdom visiting Isles Iona, Scotland and Lindisfarne, Northumbria. Wally is a student of Irish native law known as “Brehon Law” and religion in medieval communities.
7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Grizzly Hall. “Aftermath: The Pragmatic Challenges of Restoring the Cultural Heritage of Plains Indians in the Big Horn Basin,” is free and open to the public. For the fourth annual seminar regarding the significance of Heart Mountain to the Crow tribe and the wider public audience, elder Grant Bulltail will be joined by academic experts. More Info
“Making Space Sacred: Plains Indian Culture and the Land of the Big Horn Basin,” 2012, was also underwritten by the Wyoming Council of the Humanities (From left) Archaeologist and anthropologist, Larry Loendorf and Peter Nabokov who talked about native vision quest sites including the Medicine Wheel, UW professor Mary Keller, with panelists Grant Bulltail, historian, Pipe Lighter and retired Plains Indian Museum Curator Emma Hansen.
We have lost a friend, a colleague, a mentor.
Janet Meury, who was Powell Branch Library manager for many years, passed away late Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Helena, Montana. She had been living there near her son and his family, including her twin granddaughters, truly the delight of Janet’s life. We shall miss Janet, but we treasure all the memories she provided with her calm, strong, reserved, graceful, loving, caring, thoughtful…(the list goes on forever, really) ways.
Please visit a link to photos from her retirement party on our Flickr account for some bittersweet memories.
Here is one of Janet’s poems.
Here in the mind of my life, where the wind
is steady on high blond rocks, a canyon
whose river flows green around fallen gray
boulders, in an afternoon warm as rockface light —
Here I will hold you, at arm’s length
hold you, your face tan as sandstone, its glow
under your straw-brimmed hat. Solid
on the sure curves of your runner’s calves,
standing at ease, and your eyes the color
of that rim of clear air at the canyon’s edge.
I will hold you here, free in the peace of
long stone dreams, just here and warm and letting go,
always letting go–and always, too, coming together
tight in a hug that smiles down the long
canyon of my life, my birth, where my self dreams,
granite under the fingers of the wind and sun.