The PBS Series “We Shall Remain”–a 5 part series about Native American history–is set to premiere on April 13. In conjunction with this series, the Manhattan Public Library has an exhibit available for viewing through April 5, “A Photographic Narrative: The Indians of Kansas”, which illustrates the diversity of contemporary Indians in Kansas. The library is also sponsoring a performance by internationally-known Navajo performer and cultural educator Dennis Lee Rogers. He will be performing on Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 in the library auditorium.
In addition, the library has added new resources about Native American history, including the DVD’s 500 Nations, Geronimo and the Apache Resistance, and Trail of tears: Cherokee Legacy. If you would like to find more information about library programs or about Native American history, please ask at the Information Desk or at Reference.
Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge
by Pamela Morsi is told from two perspectives. First there’s Bud, a World War II veteran who has suffered a stroke. We travel with him in his flashbacks of the war, memories of his beloved wife, fears, and hopes as he lay immobile in his hospital bed. We also read the story of his grandson, Jack, who has reluctantly rushed to be at Bud’s side. Jack is absorbed in his work and his troubled marriage and feels ambivalent towards his grandfather. As Jack gets to know his family, hearing the stories that Bud was hesitant to tell, he comes to see what is important in his own life.
Along with the serious tale, there are also funny stories, glamorous nights dancing, and music in the air. You won’t want to miss this beautiful story.
Chet the Jet is Bernie’s partner in crime detection. He has sat through a million stakeouts. “Okay, possibly not a million. Truth is, I’m not too sure about a million, what it means, exactly–or any other number for that matter–but I get the drift from Bernie. A million means a lot , like “out the yingyang,” another favorite number of Bernie’s, maybe even bigger.”
When Bernie is distracted or not paying attention a growl from Chet will save the moment. His canine nose also provides the next step in many sticky situations. This time 15-year-old Madison is missing. Chet notes her pillowcase smells of young human female, with hints of honey, cherry, and a kind of sun-colored flower he sometimes sees along roadsides. He also smells a smell familiar from his days in K-9 school and sees under her table a small bag of marijuana. Madison soon shows up but within a few days Cynthia, her distraught mother calls again with news that Madison has been missing for a day.
Chet narrates this entertaining story from his doggie perspective which causes me to look twice at every dog I see and consider just what is going on behind those cute faces. Enjoy Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery.