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Wyoming author, Karen Schutte, will be conducting a virtual Zoom discussion of her latest novel, A Far Place, in collaboration with the Powell Library on November 12th from 6 to 7:30 PM. Karen was born and raised on a ranch in Northwest Wyoming. Upon retirement from her chosen career of design, Karen felt compelled to record her family’s history of German immigration. As the oldest grandchild and great-grandchild on her mother’s side, she dove into the historical research with the intent of documenting her family information. The unexpected result was her first novel, The Ticket.
Since then, Karen has gone on to write four other novels based on the lives of her ancestors. Her books offer a beautiful glimpse into the lives of Wyoming settlers and the history of Wyoming. Karen has won multiple awards for her books including the John E. Weaver Excellent Reads Award for a Historical Series and first in Historical Fiction by the Wyoming State Historical Society. Her book Flesh on the Bone was an Award-Winning Finalist in both the Fiction-Historical and Cover Design categories of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
Karen is currently working on her sixth book titled, A Far Place which is about the settlement and homesteading of Emblem where her grandparents put down roots 120 years ago. Karen says, “Writing to me is an unintended, emotional release, a journey of discovery, and a cherished gift that I have discovered at this late date in my life. I hope I have enough years left to accomplish all that I have planned.” Join Karen to learn about her upcoming book and to hear an excerpt. A Q&A session will be held at the end. Sign up at the front desk of the Powell Library.
Literary Pumpkins Week at the Powell Library will begin Tuesday, October 27th at 9:00 a.m. and continue until Saturday, October 31st at 1 p.m. Bring in a pumpkin or gourd decorated to represent a favorite title, character, or author and help decorate the library for Halloween! The library will dispose of all pumpkins left after the 31st. All ages are welcome!
Take a look at some literary pumpkins of the past:
Join us on October 6th to hear from returned Peace Corps volunteer Tilyian Phannenstiel about her experiences volunteering for the Peace Corps in Costa Rica! The event will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held virtually over Zoom. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the presentation where Tily will be answering questions about her experiences and the Peace Corps application process.
Tilyian Phannenstiel served as a Peace Corps Community Economic Development Volunteer in Costa Rica from 2016 to 2018. During her service, she worked closely with a 15-member women’s group to secure $5,750 to develop rural tourism initiatives and enhance the group’s organizational capacity. Additionally, she partnered with another volunteer to implement a two-week women’s leadership camp, Camp GLOW, for 21 female high school students. During her second year of service, she was elected as treasurer for the Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) and participated in a week-long Let Girls Learn-funded workshop to draft STEAM Camp curriculum.
Tilyian earned her bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served in an AmeriCorps Jumpstart early education program for four years. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Tilyian lived near Lake Tahoe, California where she worked as a Program Manager for a nonprofit business association and developed a passion for community planning and development. Following her service, she spent a year working for a microfinance nonprofit organization, Accion, as a bilingual loan officer before rejoining the Peace Corps as a regional recruiter.
If you are interested in attending this presentation, register with this link: https://peacecorps.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItf-uhrD4uGq6q-qpcxc7_YTKltQUywGk
Email Brittany Morton at [email protected] or stop by the Powell Library if you have any questions about Zoom or the event.
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Story Walk in collaboration with local Powell businesses throughout the month of September. The Story Walk will be held in conjunction with National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Pages from the book Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor will be installed in business windows along Bent Street. The Story Walk will begin at the Powell Library and end at American West Realty. Story Walks are fun ways for children and adults to enjoy reading while getting outdoors and interacting with their community. Participants can pick up a map showing the locations of the book pages at the Powell Library. When participants are finished, they can sign up for a library card and check out their very own book! Participating businesses include Northwest Trading Post, Big Horn Design Studios, 307 Real Estate, Wild Paintbrush Studios, Basin Law, the Powell Tribune, Heart Mountain Realty, Uncommon Grounds, Heritage Health, Engineering Associates, Powell Family Dental, Wilkerson Law Group, American West Realty, Plaza Diane, Heartworks, and Powell Drug.