Saturday, May 01, 2010
The Big Read - Author Richard Peck
Last night Teresa and I went to see the final program for this year's big read. Among those featured was author Richard Peck who wrote "A Long Way From Chicago" which was this year's Big Read for the Springfield-Greene County Library System.
The first thing I want to say is the program was packed! It began with local historian John Rutherford who talked about Springfield in the 1930's to give the participants an idea of what life might have been like in the time the book was set. John did a great job and did you know Amelia Earhart once lived in Springfield when her father was seeking employment with the Frisco? I didn't...I also discovered that one of the greatest premeditated police murders was committed by a bunch called the Young brothers. No relation!
Next came the Willard South Acting Group who did a reading from A Long Way From Chicago. What a talented bunch.
Then Richard Peck spoke. What a speaker! He talked about how he became an author and how he gets ideas for his writing. You talk about inspirational.
The pictures above are of The Library Center under some wonderful storm clouds and the fading light of the day, author Richard Peck and Teresa who is a teacher/librarian and then the Willard South students just before their reading.
It was a great event! Thanks to the Springfield - Greene County Library for putting it on.