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February 4, 2011: Special Legislative Public Library Districts
Bridget Quinn-Carey, former director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, presents an overview on the topic of “A Special Legislative Public Library District” to members of the Western New York delegation at the downtown Central Library. The Library System is exploring the benefits of a Special Legislative Library District as a means for to a stable and predictable funding stream.
Recorded on: February 4, 2011
Playing time: 16:41:00
November 6, 2010: PRONE (Paranormal Researchers Of Niagara and Erie)
What went bump in the night? Presented as part of The 2010 Big Read of W.N.Y. featuring Edgar Allen Poe inspired events, PRONE presenters Alison Remson, Rob Gallitto and Kathleen Marion were the featured speakers at the Central Library. These Ghost hunters discussed their findings from local investigations of unexplained phenomena, including results from several area libraries. For more information about PRONE view their website at http://www.pro-ne.org
Recorded on: November 6, 2010
Playing time: 01:31:52
September 25, 2010: Robert Hirst
Presented as part of the Library’s year-long commemoration of 2010 as “Year of Twain,” and in celebration of the 125th anniversary of publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Robert Hirst was a featured speaker at the Central Library. Hirst is one of America’s most preeminent scholars of Twain. He is the editor of Who is Mark Twain?, curator of the Mark Twain Papers at the University of California-Berkeley and co-editor of the Library’s new publication Mark Twain in Buffalo.
Recorded on: September 25, 2010
Playing time: 01:04:01
September 14, 2010: The Public Library Today
B&ECPL former Director Bridget Quinn-Carey was the featured speaker when the "Imagining Buffalo in the 21st Century" lunchtime series began its new season in the Central Library's Ring of Knowledge. In her address, she discussed the public library's role in today's society, citing recent accomplishments and current challenges. She also noted that although the years 2011 and beyond will provide fiscal challenges, there is a vision and a hope for libraries in the future.
Recorded on: September 14, 2010
Playing time: 50:44
June 26, 2010: Amy Stewart
Presented in conjunction with the Central Library "In the Garden: The Art of Botanical Illustration" exhibition and the National Buffalo Garden Festival, this edition features expert gardener, delightful raconteur and best-selling author Amy Stewart. She shares tales of some of Mother Nature’s most appalling botanical creations, drawing from her NY Times bestseller "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities."
Recorded on: June 26, 2010
Playing time: 01:13
September 18, 2009: State of the Library Address
B&ECPL former Director Bridget Quinn-Carey gives her second annual public State of the Library Address in the Central Library's Ring of Knowledge. In her address, she discusses her time as the Director of the System, noting the successes, challenges and activities of the past year; and also provides a glimpse into, and some predictions about, the years ahead.
Recorded on: September 18, 2009
Playing time: 37:48
May 14, 2009: Richard Brookhiser
Presented as part of the B&ECPL’s Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America program series, this edition features Richard Brookhiser, Alexander Hamilton biographer and author of Alexander Hamilton, American. A native of Rochester, NY and a graduate of Yale University, Brookhiser was the curator of the New-York Historical Society’s original exhibit Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America and also wrote and hosted the PBS program “Rediscovering George Washington.”
Recorded on: May 14, 2009
Playing time: 32:01
December 19, 2008: Gustav Niebuhr
Presented as part of the B&ECPL’s Meet The Author Lunchtime Library Series in conjunction with WBFO-FM, this edition features Gustav Niebuhr, author of BEYOND TOLERANCE: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America. In this insightful, deeply felt examination of the nature of community and religion, former New York Times religion reporter Gustav Niebuhr traces the roots of religious freedom in America and the setbacks and triumphs it has encountered along the way. He looks at why this movement is a particularly American endeavor and how it can save us all.
Recorded on: December 19, 2008
Playing time: 32:01
October 31, 2008: Laura Pedersen
Presented as part of the B&ECPL’s Meet The Author Lunchtime Library Series in conjunction with WBFO-FM, this edition features Buffalo born Laura Pedersen, author of Buffalo Gal. Having grown up in the snowlblower city of Buffalo, NY, Pedersen knew how to beat the odds by high school graduation and was well prepared to seek her fortune on Wall Street, becoming the youngest person to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange and a millionaire by age 21. Combining laugh-out-loud humor with a slice of social history her hometown, which was a flash point for race riots, antiwar protests, and abortion rallies, not to mention bingo, bowling, and Friday night fish fries, Pedersen paints a vivid portrait of an era.
Recorded on: October 31, 2008
Playing time: 32:01
August 22, 2008: Kenneth R. Miller
Presented as part of the B&ECPL’s Meet The Author Lunchtime Library Series in conjunction with WBFO-FM, this edition features Kenneth R. Miller, author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul. At the dawn of the twenty- first century, the debate over Darwin's theory of evolution is nearly as contentious as it was in the notorious Scopes trial a century ago. Today, however, people who believe that evolution is "only a theory" have put their hopes in a concept known as Intelligent Design. In Only a Theory, Kenneth Miller dissects the claims of the ID movement in the same incisive style that marked his testimony as an expert witness in Pennsylvania's landmark 2005 Dover evolution trial.
Recorded on: August 22, 2008
Playing time: 32:01