The program, “American Heroes,” will be presented by Ms. Carol Birch on June 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Case Memorial Library. She will follow the life of Lou Gehrig through his childhood, his career with the New York Yankees, his marriage, and his final battle with ALS. The son of impoverished immigrants, he went on to attend an Ivy League university. Painfully shy, he avoided speaking in public, yet he is remembered for a speech which reverberates in the American psyche to this day. In a world where winning is everything, Lou Gehrig offered us all a more complex understanding of just what it is to lose and what it is to win. His story, with humor and heart, grit and glory, resonates for diehard baseball fans and the uninitiated alike.
Birch will then tell us the story of the people in North Platte, Nebraska, who during WWII, with only their own resources and ration cards, greeted, fed, and thanked six million military personnel passing through town as they set off to serve our nation.
In 1971 Birch began telling stories that resonated from shy hope to tenderness to humor and good sense. She has appeared on television, been covered in the print media, and received numerous awards, among them the Circle of Excellence award from the National Storytelling Network and, most recently, her newest CD, More Than A Cup of Kindness, which featured her story of the North Platte Canteen, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
Before the program, The Friends of the Case Memorial Library will conduct a brief meeting to elect new officers and to award the Lucy Scillia Scholarship to an Orange Graduating Senior. The Friends established the scholarship to commemorate Lucy Scillia, who was an active member, a professional librarian and served on the Library Commission.
All members of the community are invited to attend. To register, visit the library or call 203.891.2170.