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  1. Tech Thursday 2:00 PM

    February 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Got a new eReader and don't know what to do with it? Bring it down to the library on Thursdays between the hours of 2:00 & 4:00 PM and our experts will show you how to check out a book or a magazine for your reader. Make sure the device is fully charged, and bring any connecting cords you might have.

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  2. Slavery in the Northwest: The Charles Mitchell Story 7:00 PM

    February 21, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Storyteller Eva Abram will share the history of one of the few documented cases of slavery in our state’s history. Charles Mitchell, who was born a slave, was brought to Washington Territory in 1853. A tempest was building and citizens all over the state had opinions about a possible Civil War, influencing their opinions about Mitchell’s status as a slave. In this climate, Mitchell made a break for freedom – and his actions nearly started a war between the U.S. and Canada. Through this story, we will examine how ideologies move geographically. The migration to Washington attracted Americans with different socioeconomic experiences from both Northern and Southern states. Did moving to Washington affect peoples’ opinions on slavery?

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RPL Book Group

  1. Thursday Afternoon Book Club 1:00 PM (Unbroken)

    February 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Our February selection is Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken".A second book by the author of Seabiscuit (2001) would get noticed, even if it weren't the enthralling and often grim story of Louie Zamperini. An Olympic runner during the 1930s, he flew B-24s during WWII. Taken prisoner by the Japanese, he endured a captivity harsh even by Japanese standards and was a physical and mental wreck at the end of the war. He was saved by the influence of Billy Graham, who inspired him to turn his life around, and afterward devoted himself to evangelical speeches and founding boys' camps. Still alive at 93, Zamperini now works with those Japanese individuals and groups who accept responsibility for Japanese mistreatment of POWs and wish to see Japan and the U.S. reconciled. He submitted to 75 interviews with the author as well as contributing a large mass of personal records. Fortunately, the author's skills are as polished as ever, and this book has an impossible-to-put-down quality.

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