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Whether you have been out of school for a while and miss the learning experience, or you're thinking of starting college - or returning to finish your degree - LFPL's MyLibraryUniversity wants to connect YOU to new, free learning opportunities.

xSPECIAL PERFORMANCE

Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth Concert & Film

Main Library | Saturday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.

Rachel Grimes

Join us in celebrating Kentucky women’s history with a unique concert and film experience presented in the acoustically-unique, marble-lined south lobby of the historic Carnegie-funded Main library building. Inspired by a treasure-trove of family documents, photos, and letters, composer Rachel Grimes created The Way Forth, a folk opera and film that document more than two centuries of Kentucky history through women’s voices. The work had its full premiere with the Louisville Orchestra in 2019.

This free, public performance will feature Grimes directing selections from the work arranged for strings and voices and showing selections from the companion film. Click here or call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.

xSHORT COURSES at the LIBRARY

LFPL's Short Courses are taught like real college courses by professors and experts in their fields. Some will require reading and encourage field trips. All will be free and open to anyone with no academic background required.

xFAST CLASSES at the LIBRARY

LFPL's Fast Classes are one-time educational events taught by local experts. Some explore current events, literature, and science; others teach practical skills and history. #LFPLFastClass 

Home Ain’t Always Where the Heart Is: Women, Confinement, and Domestic Violence in the Gilded Age Bluegrass

Main Library | Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.

Home Ain’t Always Where the Heart Is: Women, Confinement, and Domestic Violence in the Gilded Age Bluegrass

Stephen Foster’s 1852 ballad “My Old Kentucky Home” conjures visions of home as a nurturing, humble environment, but for some Kentuckians during the Gilded Age, home was anything but nurturing. Charlene Fletcher (PhD candidate, Indiana University-Bloomington) will examine family violence in 19th century domestic spaces as she recounts the lives of two African American women from Lexington, Kentucky, Fannie Keys Harvey and Lila B. White, who were incarcerated at the Frankfort Penitentiary after fighting back against their abusive families.

Using their stories, Fletcher will present home as a site of confinement for women and children in central Kentucky, an area plagued with various forms of domestic abuse, and pull acts of resistance from the archives to bring awareness to this dark chapter of history.

This Fast Class is free and open to the public, but registration is requested: Register online or call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.

Finding the Story in Three Faith Traditions

Main Library | Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Three traditions

In collaboration with the Festival of Faiths, and on the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the festival, LFPL MyLibraryU presents a panel of practitioners and experts in the history and theology of three Abrahamic traditions – Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – to explore the power of storytelling in all three faiths.

The class is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Register online or call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.

Last Updated: 01/08/2020