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William Least Heat Moon, featuring special guest Edgar Ailor

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brentwood Recreation Center, 2505 S. Brentwood Blvd.

William Trogdon, who writes under the name of William Least Heat-Moon, was born of English-Irish-Osage ancestry in Kansas City, Missouri.  He holds a bachelor's degree in photojournalism and a doctorate in English from the University of Missouri.  He is the author of Blue Highways; Prairyerth, an epic evocation of the American tallgrass prairie country; and River-Horse, an account of his travels along America's interior waterways.  Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened was released in 2014.

Ed Ailor III was born in Cape Girardeau.  He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to receive his M.D. degree from the University of Missouri.  In February 2005 Ed retired and he and his son, Edgar Ailor IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon's route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited, released for publication in May 2012, on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways.

Sponsored by the Municipal Library Consortium and Left Bank Books.

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Have you heard that free Internet access at public libraries is at risk in Missouri?

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed ALL state funding for REAL, the program that helps public libraries pay for their strong Internet connections.  Not just reduced -- he cut every penny of it!  Without these state funds, our bill for using the Internet will more than TRIPLE!  Many public libraries simply will not be able to afford this. 

If you value free Internet access in public libraries, please contact the Governor's office and let him know that you want REAL funding restored.

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102

(573) 751-3222


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That’s Right, I said It: Libraries Are Cool by Steve Bowman

BPL staff at 75th anniversary partyCheck out the awesome article about the Brentwood Public Library by Steve Bowman of The Brentwood Spirit!  The article includes many pictures from our recent 75th anniversary party.  An excerpt follows:

I actually believe libraries are cool. When I enter one I honestly get a little excited. It’s like the feeling you get when you enter your favorite store. For me, a library is like a store that carries four things I love: books, magazines, music and movies. And they’re all free.  -Steve Bowman