July 2024 Newsletter

July 2024 │ Vol. 8, Issue 7 THE BOSSARD BEACON The monthly newsletter of the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library Living History Nights returns to Bossard with ‘First Ladies in Black’ Living history scholars to appear on July 18, 19, 20 The Gallipolis Living History Nights Committee will present “First Ladies in Black: Wives of Assassinated Presidents” beginning at 6:15 p.m. on July 18, 19, and 20 at Bossard Library. Audience members will get to step into the past during the living history performances of Mary Todd Lincoln, Lucretia Garfield, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Each evening, a scholar will assume the role of one of the featured historical figures and perform a monologue based on the life of that individual. Preentertainment will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the performances will begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the library’s Riverside Room. A question-andanswer session will follow each performance. Audience members can address questions to both the featured First Lady and the living history scholar. On Thursday, July 18, Anne McEvoy will bring Mary Todd Lincoln to life. Mrs. Lincoln, who served as First Lady during the Civil War, became the first widow of an assassinated president after her husband’s death in April 1865. Tammy Souhrada will perform as Lucretia Garfield on Friday, July 19. Garfield, who hailed from Garrettsville, Ohio, was highly educated and often served as an advisor for her husband who served as president from March 1881 until his death from injuries sustained from an assassin’s bullet in 1882. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis will be presented by Amy Stoner on Saturday, July 20. Serving as First Lady from 1961 until 1963, “Jackie” is seen as one the most famous and popular women to have ever served as First Lady. The living history performances are suitable for all ages and are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for a small donation. All proceeds will benefit the Gallipolis Living History Nights Committee. For more information, including short biographies of the First Ladies and the scholars who will portray them, please visit bossardlibrary.org or visitgallia.com/livinghistorynights. Mary Todd Lincoln Thursday, July 18 Lucretia Garfield Friday, July 19 Jackie Kennedy Saturday, July 20

Youth Services Programs Adult Programs French City Writers’ Guild Ages 18 and over Both budding and experienced writers are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting of the French City Writers’ Guild. Writers can bring their written works of various genres for discussion. Guild meetings are only for individuals age 18 and over. Ages 13 and over Come out for Trivia Night and compete as an individual or play with your family or friends to test your knowledge of current events, science, history, pop culture, and more! For more information, contact Lynn at lpauley@bossardlibrary.org. Trivia Night In-B-Tween Club Ages 7-9 The first In-B-Tween Club meeting in July will feature a reading of Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman with illustrations by Andy Elkerton. Attendees will get to create a dragon-themed craft and will enjoy a “feed the baby dragon” game. The second In-B-Tween Club meeting will feature a reading of The Mermaid Moon by Briony May Smith. The In-B-Tweens will get to enjoy a mermaid craft and beach charades. For additional information, please contact Rachael at rbarker @bossardlibrary.org. Ages 3-6 On July 11, evening storytime will feature a reading of Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee. On July 25, evening storytime will feature a reading of The Perfect Picnic by Ciara Flood. Evening storytime is held twice per month and is typically a repeat of the previous Monday morning’s storytime. Children, ages 3-6, and their parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Kim at kwilcoxon@bossardlibrary.org or call 740.446.7323. Evening Storytime Tween Book Club Ages 8-12 The Tween Book Club will be reading Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner in July. Copies of the book can be borrowed from the library. The eBook or digital audiobook can be borrowed from hoopla, while the eBook is available through Libby. The July Tween Book Club meeting will be a movie day featuring Migration (rated PG). The Tween Book Club meets every other month at the library. Any interested child, ages 8-12, is welcome and encouraged to attend. Permission form required.

‘Game on!’ Game Day Saturday Ages 12 and over (under 12 with an adult) Bring your friends and stop by the library for Game Day. Bring your own games or choose a game from the library’s large board game collection. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are welcome to stay for the entire event or play games as time allows. Light refreshments will be provided. ‘Color Me Happy’ Adult Coloring Ages 18 and over Stop by the library to enjoy an adults-only coloring session. Coloring sheets and coloring gel pens/pencils are provided or you can bring your own. Bring a friend and enjoy a relaxing coloring session and genial conversation. “Color Me Happy” is only for adults ages 18 and over. No children are permitted. Weekly Programs Storytime Ages 3-6 On July 22, storytime attendees will get to enjoy a performance of Alice in Wonderland by Wolfe Mountain Entertainment. Yoga Ages 16 and over Join us for an hour-long Yoga session each Monday evening at the library with a certified yoga instructor. Please bring your own yoga mat or beach towel and wear comfortable clothing. Waiver form required. Pat-a-Cake Lapsit Ages birth-3 This month, lapsit attendees will enjoy various themes, including “Dinosaur, Dinosaur,” and “Down on the Farm.” Each lapsit program features an engaging book, songs, and rhymes for the youngest of readers. Needlework Circle Ages 12 and over Anyone with an interest in fiber art is welcome and encouraged to stop by the library each Wednesday afternoon for Needlework Circle. Share your love of knitting, crocheting, sewing, or other fiber art with like-minded community members. Anyone with an interest in learning to knit, crochet, or complete other types of fiber art should also attend. Ages 18 and over The Adult Book Club will discuss the graphic memoir They Call Us Enemy by George Takei during its July meeting. Copies of the book can be borrowed from the library. The eBook can be borrowed from either the Ohio Digital Library (via the Libby app) or the hoopla app. Bossard’s Adult Book Club typically meets at 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. All interested adult readers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lynn at 740.446.7323 or email lpauley@bossardlibrary.org. Adult Book Club

StoryWalk at the French Art Colony The featured StoryWalk title for July is Frog vs. Toad written and illustrated by Ben Mantle. StoryWalk is located on the grounds of the French Art Colony, 530 First Avenue. StoryWalk is a great way for both children and adults to enjoy the great outdoors and great children’s books! Library to host Genealogy Day Bossard Library will host a Genealogy Day beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 with Margaret Cheney, past president of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Cheney will offer three genealogy presentations throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to attend one or all of the following presentations: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Finding Your Roots: Beginning Genealogy Research Cheney will discuss the basics of beginning a journey into family research. 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Digging Deeper: Continuing Your Research This session will move beyond the basics of genealogy research and introduce skills that will allow researchers to dig deeper into their family history. 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Branching Out: Applying to Lineage Societies During this session, Cheney will discuss the required documentation and research strategies for a successful lineage society application. In addition to Cheney’s presentations, several local historical/ genealogical organizations will be available to answer questions regarding their entities and collections. examine John Brown’s Raid Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, Bossard Library’s Civil War Book Club will meet to discuss Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horowitz. An abolitionist, John Brown, leading a small band of men, seized the federal armory at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1859, vowing to free all enslaved people in the southern states. Sixteen people were killed as a result of the raid and Brown was wounded and captured by U.S. Marines sent to retake the armory. He was later sentenced to death for murder and treason, but was seen as a hero by many Northerners. In Midnight Rising, Horwitz argues that John Brown’s Raid was a crisis that shocked a fragile nation, helped to elect Abraham Lincoln, and lead to calls for secession. Copies of Midnight Rising are available to borrow from the library. The eBook and digital audiobook can be borrowed from hoopla or the Ohio Digital Library. The Civil War Book Club is moderated by Gene Huffman of the Cadot-Blessing Camp No. 126 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The Civil War Book Club meets quarterly at Bossard Library. Anyone with an interest in the history of the Civil War era is welcome and encouraged to attend.