Library News – How-to Festival and Others

Louisville Free Public Library E-News
April 23, 2012
LFPL's How-To Festival LFPL’s How-To Festival50 things. 5 hours. 100% free.Main Library, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.From salsa dancing to kayaking, the Library’s first-ever How-To Festival will show you how to do more than 50 things in five hours in one day – for free, all in one place.

Learn everything from how to publish your own book to how to pick inexpensive wines, from beer-making to conversation-making, from swing dancing to free-throw-shooting, sewing, origami, juggling and more. Presenters include Bob Hill, Dawne Gee, Cindi Sullivan, Tori Murden McClure, Bill Doolittle, Gabe Bullard and many more.

For a complete list of activities and presenters visit

Authors at the Library
Author James Fallows at the Library Journalist and author James FallowsMain Library, Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.

In China Airborne, James Fallows documents, for the first time, the extraordinary scale of China’s five-year plan to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars to jump-start its aerospace industry. He explains why this is a crucial test case for China’s hopes for modernization and innovation, and examines what this latest demonstration of Chinese ambition means for the United States and the rest of the world.

Fallows is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, Slate, and The New Yorker, and was a former speechwriter for President Carter.

Join James Fallows for a discussion of his book at the Main Library, May 23, 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required; order online or call 574-1644.

Author Thomas Mallon at the Library Historical novelist and former GQ editor Thomas MallonMain Library, Monday, June 18, 7 p.m.In Watergate, historical novelist Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters, moving readers from the private cabins of Camp David to the klieg lights of the Senate Caucus Room, and ultimately into the hive of the Watergate complex itself.Join Thomas Mallon for a discussion of his book at the Main Library, June 18, 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required; order online or call 574-1644.
Author Gail Collins at the Library New York Times columnist and bestselling author Gail CollinsMain Library, Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m.Not until she visited Texas, did Gail Collins, the bestselling author and columnist for the New York Times, realize that she had missed the one place that mattered most in America’s political landscape: Texas, where Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Perry created a conservative political agenda that is shaping our political landscape. “Like it or not,” she says, “as Texas goes, so goes the nation.”Join Gail Collins for a discussion of her book at the Main Library, June 28, 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required; order online or call 574-1644.

Flood mitigation work at the Main Library

Flood mitigation work continues at the Main Library downtownIf you have been by the Main Library lately, you may have noticed major activity on the library grounds. Demolition crews equipped with bulldozers and jack-hammers are digging up areas outside the building along Third and Fourth streets. The goal: to improve drainage. This work is all part of the Library’s response to the devastating 2009 flood.The plan includes underground and ground-level improvements to help eliminate or reduce the chances for further flooding of the library. The cost of the project is being shared by the Library and MSD.



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