The Boys in the Boat
The History Page Turners Book Club will discuss "The Boys in the Boat" at its meeting on Feb. 17.
The History Page Turners Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, at the Broadmoor branch of the Shreve Memorial Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Dr. in Shreveport.
The meetings of the History Page Turners occur every other month, and the general public is always welcome. Participants usually read the books beforehand and then take part in a discussion of the book that is led by Dr. Cheryl White, an assistant professor of the LSUS history department.
The club meets to discuss books that are written about historical events. The topic for discussion for this month's meeting is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, a historical narrative about the 1936 men's Olympic rowing team. It is the story of nine working class American youths who beat the German team and shocked the world by winning the gold medal in Berlin in front of Adolf Hitler. At the time, their story provided hope for the American public against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
The meeting is being presented as part of the “Geek the Library” campaign, a national event focused on raising awareness and support of public libraries. The campaign defines the word 'geek' as to love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for and to promote. Library patrons are encouraged to get their geek on and share what they love.
There are a number of other events occurring regularly at each of the Shreve Memorial Library branches around town. Public libraries offer services ranging from public access computers to computer training and foreign language classes, and even free yoga classes.
Also meeting in February at the Broadmoor branch is the Fiction Book Club. The discussion will be about Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 11.
Visit www.geekthelibrary.org to find out more.
By Matthew Pizzolato