One Book One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie events continue with panel discussion

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 15, 2013) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” events continue with a panel discussion on “Woody Guthrie’s Life and Legacy” on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library. 

Panelists for the presentation include Dr. Guy Logsdon, speaking on Woody Guthrie’s childhood and adolescence, Dr. Davis Joyce discussing Oklahoma politics and its influence on Guthrie’s life and Stanton Doyle with the George Kaiser Family Foundation sharing the story of the relocation of the Woody Guthrie Archives to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Logsdon, a retired University of Tulsa professor, is an internationally recognized authority on Woody Guthrie and the author of “Woody's Road: Woody Guthrie's Letters Home, Drawings, Photos, and Other Unburied Treasures” which he co-authored with Guthrie’s sister, Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon.

Joyce, retired from a teaching career spent mostly at the University of Tulsa and East Central University in Ada, still teaches part-time at Rogers State University.  He is author of “An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma” and “Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State”.  Woody Guthrie is central to both of these books.

Doyle is Senior Programming Assistant for the George Kaiser Family Foundation which has purchased the Woody Guthrie Archives from the Guthrie family with plans to open the Woody Guthrie Center on April 27.  For more information visit online at www.woodyguthriecenter.org

Book discussions for Guthrie’s autobiographical novel “Bound for Glory” run through April 9.  For times and locations, visit www.library.okstate.edu/news/onebook.

Events continue in April with singer-songwriter Darden Smith presenting a songwriting workshop on Tues. April 2 at the public library at 7pm.  Smith will lead a workshop on using everyday life and real stories as the basis for songwriting.  Though the focus of the workshop is on the medium of songwriting, the techniques can be applied to all forms of writing.   Class size is limited to 40 and for ages 14 to adult.  To pre-register, contact the Stillwater Public Library Help Desk at 405.372.3633 ext. 106

“Time Changes Everything” starring The Red Dirt Rangers will be the final event at the Community Center on Sat. April 13 at 7:30p.m with doors opening at 7p.m.  Written by Thomas Connor and John Wooley, this one-act play brings together two Oklahoma music icons, Bob Wills and Woody Guthrie in a “what if they had met” story.  Red Dirt Rangers John Cooper and Brad Piccolo star with an appearance by Ben Han.  Following the play is a mini-concert featuring music from the Rangers, Wills, and Guthrie.  Refreshments will be sold by the Stillwater Community Center Foundation prior to the performance.

All programs are free open to the public.

For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library website at library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” is designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience, and to broaden and deepen an appreciation for Woody Guthrie as an Oklahoma musician, writer, and artist.  Sponsors are the 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.

Major partners include Woody Guthrie Foundation, Friends of Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of OSU Library, Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, Oklahoma History Center, OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, and the Center for Oklahoma Studies.  Supporting partners include OSU Student Union Activities Board, 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.).

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