Kick-off Event for One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Updated Feb. 12, 2013) –– The fifth community-wide reading event, “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” will kick off on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library.  The six week series will focus on the life of Woody Guthrie and his autobiographical novel “Bound for Glory.”

“We usually choose Oklahoma related books for the “One Book, One Community” series,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director.  “This year is a perfect time for our community to share Guthrie’s book.  The nation recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth, and the Woody Guthrie archives are being relocated to Oklahoma.”

The “One Book, One Community” kick-off will feature guest speaker Dr. Hugh Foley, Professor of Fine Arts at Rogers State University, author of “Oklahoma Music Guide II” and founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.  Foley will discuss the importance of Guthrie’s autobiography and help participants understand the musical and lyrical elements that reveal valuable insights into some of Guthrie’s primary musical influences that became part of the Oklahoma folk singer’s personal ethos.

Copies of “Bound for Glory” will be distributed free of charge to participants who sign up for a book discussion.  A list of discussion dates will be available at  Copies have been made available through the generosity of the Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of the Stillwater Public Library and the Oklahoma Humanities Council. 

“Our sponsors have enabled us to provide books to the community and to schedule an outstanding line up of events for this series,” said Reynolds.  “Though I am eager to meet Guthrie’s granddaughter, Anna Canoni, I am  most excited about bringing together our community to celebrate a cherished Oklahoma legend.”

The “One Book, One Community” project will also feature two exhibits at the Oklahoma State University Library. “Another Hot Oklahoma Night: Woody Guthrie and Stillwater’s Red Dirt Music,” with images provided by the Oklahoma History Center, will be on display from Feb. 15 through July 30.   “Woody Guthrie at 100” will focus on a Centennial perspective of Guthrie.  Anna Canoni, Guthrie’s granddaughter and Tiffany Colannino, Woody Guthrie Archivist, will open the exhibit  and share the fascinating story of “The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949” on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the OSU Library Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.

Area students in grades 6-12 are invited to enter a visual art competition focusing on the life of Woody Guthrie with the chance to win a cash prize award.  Art work will be on display March 8- April 14 at the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History with a reception for winning students on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.  For contest rules and entry form, see

“One Book, One Community” events scheduled in March and April include a keynote address from Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, Anna Canoni; two film screenings; a musical program for children; a panel discussion focusing on Guthrie’s life and legacy; a songwriting workshop; and the grand finale event, “Time Changes Everything,” featuring the Red Dirt Rangers on April 13.  All events are free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library web site, email or call 405-372-3633.

Sponsors include Stillwater Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History.  This project is supported in part by funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional major partners include Friends of Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of OSU Library, and the Center for Oklahoma Studies. 

Supporting partners include OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, Woody Guthrie Foundation, Oklahoma History Center, OSU Student Union Activities Board, Woody Guthrie Archives, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Stillwater Community Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and KOSU.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).