Coming up on Monday night (tonight!) January 16th after regular hours the library will be presenting a workshop on how to get free ebooks through the Port Library and the State Library of Kansas for free to your tablet, phone, computer, or e-reader.
Then on Thursday night January 19th from 6-8 PM is the next showing in our Classic Movie Series, this time it’s 1949’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon starring John Wayne. Free refreshments provided.
As the presidential inauguration day looms ever closer later this month it’s a great time to reflect back on the accomplishments of previous presidents. George Washington crossed the icy Delaware River in the dark. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union of the states during the civil war. And President William Howard Taft got stuck in a bathtub. Before you turn off your ears it’s true! Although never confirmed by the former president, he had several enormous bathtubs commissioned during and after his presidency to accommodate his larger than normal girth. If you’d like a visual chuckle about the not quite fictional incident be sure to check out President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, and illustrated by Chris Van Dussen in the Port Library’s picture book section. After getting stuck the president calls the Vice President, Secretary of State, Agriculture, War, Navy, Treasury, and Interior who all have differing and increasingly absurd ideas on how to get the president out of the bath. It is finally the president’s long-suffering wife who suggests maybe all assembled should put their muscle together and just pull.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Chris Van Dussen, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”