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F406 Winter 2020 Literary Potpourri: An Eclectic Offering of Adventure, Connection, and Nostalgia

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F406 Winter 2020 Literary Potpourri: An Eclectic Offering of Adventure, Connection, and Nostalgia
Thursdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 30–Feb. 20
Coordinators: Jackie Gropman, Pat Bangs
  • Jan. 30: Historical Fiction. Librarians from the George Mason Regional Library, a branch of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), will share a variety of historical fiction suggestions.
Emily Riley is a dedicated reader of graphic novels, fantasy and romance, and a flexible audiobook listener. Marie Cavanagh enjoys biographies, literary fiction, and especially cookbooks. Rebecca Wolff will read almost anything that catches her eye—but mostly loves books set in other times and places.
  • Feb. 6: Films to Watch with Grandkids. Yes, there are movies you and the grandchildren (or other young ones) can watch together without being insulted, embarrassed, or bored. Clips from some movies will be shown, followed by discussions of why they are appropriate and for what ages. Films such as Searching for Bobby Fischer, Kit Kittridge, An American Girl, Walli, October Sky, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids can be enjoyed by most ages.
Jim Hickey likes films and discussing them. He has been involved in the production of several local shorts and one local feature film. At OLLI, he is currently teaching R410, “Play Ball! On Film!”, a sampling of the best (and worst) baseball movies.
  • Feb. 13: Fly Girls. At the height of World War II, the US Army Air Forces needed skilled pilots, but only men were allowed in military airplanes even when their expert instructors were women. Eleven hundred of these female pilots finally proved their worth to become Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Patricia O’Connell Pearson, the award-winning author of this riveting story for young readers, will discuss the history of the WASPs and how she came to write Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018). Pearson is a former Fairfax County Public Schools history teacher.
  • Feb. 20: The Other Girl Sleuths. Mystery readers know about Nancy Drew but there were other girl detectives just as adventurous, and just as clever. Reminisce about reading the adventures of some familiar friends like Connie Blair, Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton, and the Dana Girls.
Margaret Bercher is currently responsible for selecting adult fiction for all branches of the FCPL. She is certain that her love of mysteries began when she met her friend, Nancy Drew. Catherine Noonan is the branch manager at FCPL’s Martha Washington branch. Reading Nancy Drew mysteries has helped her solve many a puzzling and sometimes mysterious reference question.

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/30/2020 - 2/20/2020 Weekly - Thu 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map, Room: TA-3 Cathy Noonan  ; Jackie Gropman  ; Margaret (Peggy) Bercher  ; Emily Riley  ; Pat Bangs  ; Jim Hickey  ; Patricia Pearson  ; Marie Cavanagh  ; Rebecca Wolff 

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