Butler County Times Gazette
  • KHC discussion series invites adults to read children’s classics

  • Series kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 6
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  • The Augusta Public Library will present a three-part book discussion series September through November on “Childhood Classics.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 1609 State in Augusta.
    The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Augusta TALK series.
    The first meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept, 6.  Nancy Hope of Lawrence will lead discussion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
    The gates of Mr. Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory are opening at last, and only five children will be allowed inside: the good-hearted Charlie and a pack of spoiled, destructive brats.
    Hope is the associate director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia and the associate director for Education of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas.  She has master degrees in education, fine arts and Asian art history.  Hope joined the KHC TALK program as a discussion leader in 2006.
    The idea of a special literature for children dates only to the nineteenth century, when writers began to produce both fantasy and realistic family stories for young readers. “Childhood Classics” features some of the most enduring books written for children over the past century in the U.S. and Great Britain. Adult readers will discover that the books that entertained and educated them as children have much to say to them now about courage and faith, friendship, character, and the power of love.
    For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

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