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December 2020

Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette with Molly Hashimoto

December 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Book Cover: Colors of the West by Molly Hashimoto

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219175 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.Discover how painting watercolors, creating prints, and writing, are all ways to honor remarkable wild places, birds and wildlife. Artist Molly Hashimoto’s work has been published as notecards, holiday cards, calendars and children’s books. She is the author of two books: Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette and Birds of the West: An…

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January 2021

Poetry Reading with Robert Lashley

January 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Robert Lashley

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219200 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Join us for an evening of poetry with local poet, Robert Lashley. As part of a Northwest population with people from the deep South and a survivor of the Hilltop gang wars of the early 90's, Lashley's poetry makes sense of the multitude of voices that have surrounded him over the years. His passion joins high…

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Angel in the Outhouse: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement by Kathya Alexander

January 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Kathya Alexander

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7190881 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Through stories based on her own experience growing up in the segregated south, award winning Seattle storyteller Kathya Alexander makes this time in history come alive. Join her for an evening of stories that explores the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Mandy, a 12-year-old "colored" girl. Made possible through a Lift Every Voice Grant.…

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Let’s Talk About Race with author and professor Clyde Ford

January 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Clyde Ford

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219175 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.   With warmth and openness, author and professor Clyde Ford leads a discussion on race in modern-day America with emphasis on audience participation. Meant for people of all races, participants will gain tools to engage in honest, transparent and meaningful conversations about race. Though ambitious, this talk aims to make a difference in bridging and healing…

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February 2021

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Poetry Reading

February 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
African American Poetry: 250 years of struggle and song. Kevin Young, Editor. A library of America anthology.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7199993 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.   Dr. Bill Lyne, coordinator of African American Studies at Western Washington University, moderates a discussion on African American literature that invites us to rise up and honor these voice.  Made possible by a Lift Every Voice Grant.   About Lift Every Voice Lift Every Voice is a year-long, nationwide celebration of the 250-year tradition of African…

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Technology and Social Justice with Clyde Ford

February 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Clyde Ford

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219209 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Author, scholar, and activist Clyde Ford shows how the issues his father faced as the first black software engineer in America are present in high-tech today, and what concerned citizens must do to advocate for human and civil rights in the modern technological age.  

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The Smart Skin and Amazing Brains of the Octopus

February 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
close up photo of octopus

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219210 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. The octopus has fascinated investigators since Aristotle (and sparks innovation for Washington Black). New scientific approaches have shed light upon the unique neural architecture that supports the outstanding abilities of this cognitively complex, yet evolutionarily distant form of intelligence. Join Dr. David Gire, whose lab studies octopus species native to the Pacific Northwest, on an exploration…

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What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why with David Allen Sibley

February 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Book title: What it's like to be a bird by David Sibley

Please register for this live event here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/david-allen-sibley-village We are pleased to welcome David Allen Sibley back to the (virtual) Readings Gallery. He will do a presentation on his latest book and will also focus on nature illustrations, in concert with the themes of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, this year's Whatcom READS selection. On What It's Like to Be a Bird: This is the bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a…

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I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn Through Poetry and Spirituals

February 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Gloria Burgess

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219213 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. What connections, what traditions could help people cope with being forcibly transported from one continent to another? The literary and artistic forms of spirituals and poetry not only tied communities together socially and artistically during slavery, but also continue to enrich the multicultural fabric of our state today through the work of contemporary African-American poets, musicians…

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