One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie programs continue

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 18, 2013) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” is offering two events the first week of March, including a film on Monday and a children’s program on Saturday.  

“Woody Guthrie: Ain’t Got No Home,” a documentary film will be shown Monday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library.  Dr. Peter Rollins, Emeritus Regents Professor of English at Oklahoma State University, will introduce the 90 minute film which explores Woody Guthrie’s life and music, writing and painting.  Rollins is the recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Film and Video Studies Society and the Oklahoma Humanities Award for a lifetime of service to cultural studies. 

The film is a part of the PBS American Masters Series, a long running, award-winning biography series celebrating American art and culture.  When asked what makes Guthrie a PBS American Master, producer, writer and director, Peter Frumpkin referred to Guthrie’s life experiences, which were reflected in his music and art.

“Guthrie’s life and art, which are inseparable, reflected the life of the nation.  He was born in Oklahoma [and] experienced the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.  He was involved in the great union movements of the ’30s and ’40s.  You don’t get much more American than Woody Guthrie.  As for the [title] ‘Master’, I’ll let his thousands of songs speak for themselves.”

The film and all other events in the One Book, One Community series are free and open to the public.  Closed captioning will be available.

“Woody Guthrie Children’s Songs” will be held Saturday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library.  Storyteller and musician, Caroline Johnson, will entertain children of all ages with a lively and interactive program using washboards, tambourines, and more to accompany Woody Guthrie songs. 

“The songs touch on Woody as a father, his ties to his home state, his love of language, and his love of land and commitment to social justice,” says Johnson.

Copies of “Bound for Glory” by Woody Guthrie, the selected book for this community-wide reading event, are available free at the kick off event on Feb. 28 and after that date while supplies last.  Book discussion dates are available on the library’s web site.  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. 

Many more “One Book, One Community” events are scheduled in March and April.  For a full list of events or more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library web site at, email 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.).