World War I and America

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JMRL is delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the national initiative World War I and America. This initiative coincides with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s 1917 entry into the war, and seeks to explore its lasting legacy.

We hope that you will join us in one or more of the events planned in this series:

Upcoming Events:

Read Local: William Walker’s Betrayal at Little Gibraltar
Sunday, October 22 at 2pm
Central Library
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, join local author and educator William Walker as he discusses his book about the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, 
Betrayal at Little Gibraltar.

Page to Screen Movie Night
Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm
Gordon Avenue Library
Paths of Glory (1957)

Central Film Series
Thursday, October 26 at 7pm
Central Library
War Horse (2011)

Books on Tap
Thursday, November 2 at 7pm
Champion Brewing Company
Discussion of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Veterans and Mental Health
Sunday, November 5 at 2pm
Central Library
Join us for a presentation about mental health by the Mitchell Hash Foundation. The Mitchell Hash Foundation helps those who struggle with thoughts of suicide as well as educates the general public about suicide. This talk will focus on the mental health needs of veterans.

WWI and America Book Group
Tuesday, November 7 at 11am
The Haven
Join retired JMRL librarian and Vietnam veteran Bob Bjoring to listen to and discuss selected stories from the World War I and America reader in conjunction with veteran war experiences. No registration necessary. The World War I and America reader is also accessible online.

Film Screening and Discussion – All Quiet on the Western Front
Monday, November 13 at 6pm
Northside Library
Screening of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and discussion led by University of Virginia Associate Professor Carmenita Higginbotham.

The Human Side of War
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
CitySpace
Charlottesville High School students present excerpts from videos and podcasts produced in partnership with local Vietnam veterans.

Books Sandwiched In
Friday, November 17 at 12pm
Northside Library
A book review, usually of non-fiction titles, presented by a guest speaker. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the program. Independent scholar Rick Potter will discuss the history and provide context for the book.
The Englishman’s Daughter: a True Story of Love and Betrayal in WWI by Ben Macintyre   



These programs are part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

New Historical Novels

Looking for a new read featuring characters from history? Here are a few recently received historical novels about women.

The Other Alcott – Louisa May Alcott’s younger sister May, perhaps the inspiration behind Little Women‘s Amy, is the protagonist of this novel.
All That Makes Life Bright – Follow the life of Harriet Beecher as she meets her future husband and builds her life as a writer.

I, Eliza Hamilton  – Alexander Hamilton is all the rage right now, so if you’d like to learn more about that period grab this novel that has his wife Eliza as the strong-willed main character.

Caroline: Little House, Revisited  – This tale is told from the point of view of Laura Ingall Wilder’s mother Caroline, as she sets out west while pregnant.

Favorite Teen Books

To close out Teen Read Week, we wanted to share the results of our Facebook survey which asked readers for their favorite teen books. Here’s what they said:

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The entire Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Forever by Judy Blume
Anything by Agatha Christie

Have a favorite that isn’t listed? Let us know!