What’s Happening at the Library: Documentary opens Black History Month

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Clark County Public Library will show a film documentary entitled “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” in the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room in honor of Black History Month,

This documentary explores the history of black photography — personal and professional — and shows how contemporary black photographers use those photographs (especially family photo albums) as inspiration for their visual storytelling.

Thomas Harris, the filmmaker, considers conflicting presentations about the humanity and self-worth of African-Americans.

He assembles a community of photographers and artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Ashton Harris and Glenn Ligon, who together question and revise familiar interpretations of images that shaped popular cultural views of what blackness is and who black people are.

The film also features the work of pioneering black men and women photographers and uncovers a rich history of African-American contributions to the development of photography.

“Through A Lens Darkly” is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African-Americans from slavery to the present.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register to attend by calling the library, 744-5661, or by using the Evanced online registration system at www.clarkbooks.org

For those of you who will be taking part in the Wellness Challenge hosted by Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation this spring and who want to practice better nutrition while participating, Carolyn Pace and Bobbi Newell will be teaching their popular “Learn The Whole 30 Eating Plan Program” at the library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Bobbi and Carol will help you get ready for the Wellness Challenge, which starts on Feb. 27, and they will inspire you to practice healthy nutrition with the Whole 30 Program.

Many people who have heard about Whole 30 believe it is too difficult or too restrictive to do on a daily basis, but Bobbi and Carol have helped many Clark County residents begin and continue the program and they are satisfied with the results.

Bobbi and Carol say The Whole 30 eating plan changed their lives and they can help you change yours, too.

At this program, you will be able to taste some Whole 30 recipes and win Whole 30 products. The library carries a number of the Whole 30 books. Just ask at the circulation desk and a librarian will be glad to help you find one.

Please register to attend this class by calling the library or using the Evanced Online registration system.

Other programs next week?

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents a 2018 film that looks at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Rated PG-13.

— At 7 p.m. Wednesday, reference librarian Jeff Gurnee presents trivia challenges at the Engine House Pizza Pub that will make you feel like you’re Neil Armstrong on the moon.

— At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local writers scour the dictionary for the mot juste.

— From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Outside the Lines Adult Coloring. You can color your own Valentines at Outside the Lines.

Make a good week better by coming to the Library.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.