In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.
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The Gulfport Public Library hosts storyteller Katie Adams to present "American Tall Tales and Songs." Audiences can step back in time to hear tales of the legendary lives of Paul Bunyon, Sally Ann Thunder Whilrwind Crockett, and Pecos Bill entwined with classic songs. Audiences thrill to big and bold stories of America's mythical men and women of power and wonder. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees can call
Gulfport Public Library welcomes local author Ruth Henry for an interactive reading of her debut picture book Nana and Baba Fight Pirates. Henry is a debut author who ran an educational youth theater program located in Albany, New York for twelve years. She also has written and produced 8 musicals. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are asked to call 727-893-1074 for more information. This Summer Reading 2023
Gulfport Public Library welcomes storyteller Windell Campbell for a session of storytelling and puppetry. Windell Campbell has performed at hundreds of summer reading programs and festivals throughout the south. He has also appeared at the National Storytelling Festival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are asked to call 727-893-1074 for more information. This Summer Reading 2023 program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the
The Gulfport Public Library hosts a weekly book club for kids every Friday at 3 pm. Participants take turns reading aloud from the chosen titles and get to bring the book home with them at the end of the session (quantities limited). All participants should have a second grade reading level or higher. Titles — chosen from the Collaborative Summer Reading Program 2023 recommended reading list — for the meetings
ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library presents a lecture and discussion with author Sheree L Greer about her experience being an author. . Sheree is a writer, artist, teacher, and publisher living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers. She is the author of
ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport Public Library present Memoir: Growing Into My Self. Three award-winning authors describe their personal accounts of growing into their identities as LGBTQ people and how it integrates into their work and life. Robee Berry (she/her) is a writer, adventurer and activist. For decades the story of The Pink Divide protagonist, Lake Myers, lived in her head until the auspicious day when
ReadOut 2023 presents Sunday keynote speaker author Briam Broome, winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction. Broome's memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods recounts growing up poor, dark-skinned, and gay in rural Ohio. His essays explore the pressures and vulnerabilities confronting black boys and how he used his personal experiences to create the person he has become. Funding for this event is provided in part through a Florida
ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library presents an author panel to discuss queer young adult literature. Maria Ingrande Mora is an author whose young adult debut novel, Fragile Remedy, was selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Her second novel, The Immeasurable Depth of You, will be released in March 2023. Aaron H Aceves is a bisexual, Mexican-American writer born and raised in
The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is pleased to present the final dialogue in its 2022-23 SpeakOut series. Beginning in April 2022, individual presentations and audience dialogues have explored intersections of LGBTQ identity and Humanities topics of Aging, Art, Faith, Law and Literature. Events of the past year have highlighted how critically important it is to be able to have informed, mutually respectful discussions of how Humanities
The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library hosts Dr. Milton Wendland and Ariana Drew on November 3 for their six-part SpeakOut series. This program will focus on the impact of the lack of culturally competent services on LGBTQ seniors' lives and how these services can better meet the needs of LGBTQ elders. Dr. Milton Wendland is a professor of Women's and Gender Studies at University of South Florida.
The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is hosting the fourth in its six-part SpeakOut series with a focus on the "Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Literature." This year, multiple school districts in Florida (and elsewhere) have removed a number of books claimed to contain obscene LGBTQ content (e.g., Lawn Boy, Gender Queer, Losing the Girl). Why is LGBTQ literature important? What has - and hasn't - changed
The Gulfport Public Library and LGBTQ Resource Center are kicking off their SpeakOut series with a lecture by C. Dixon Osburn, author and co-founder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. His book, Mission Possible, recounts the individual, social and financial cost of a policy at the intersection of law and LGBTQ identity. Osburn will explore the history of the 1994 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy signed into law by President