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HILTON ALS will be presenting the keynote lecture for the CARSON at 100: THE McCULLERS CENTENNIAL on Friday March 3, 7:00pm at the Columbus Public Library. Please see the NEA BIG READ Event Webpage for more information.

Hilton Als

Hilton Als (c) Brigitte Lacombe

Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October, 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for “The Talk of the Town.”

Before coming to The New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has also written articles for The Nation and collaborated on film scripts for “Swoon” and “Looking for Langston.”

Als edited the catalogue for the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition entitled “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art,” which ran from November, 1994, to March, 1995. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996.

In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded Als first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment. He was awarded a Guggenheim for Creative Writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03. In 2009, Als worked with the performer Justin Bond on “Cold Water,” an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and videos by performers, at La MaMa Gallery. In 2010, he co-curated “Self-Consciousness,” at the Veneklasen Werner Gallery in Berlin, and published “Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis,” his second book.

In 2013 Als wrote White Girls in which he deftly weaves his analyses of literature, art, and music with his iconic insights on race, gender and history. The book was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The Los Angeles Times said “Als is one of the most consistently unpredictable and surprising essayists out there, an author who confounds our expectations virtually every time he writes.”

Als has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. He lives in New York City.

  • Watercolor to the Sountrack of...

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Teen Department

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    ...Guardians of the Galaxy on February 22nd
    ...Stranger Things on March 22nd
    Relax and create watercolor paintings while listening to some great soundtracks. All skill levels welcome. Event open to teens 12 to 18.

  • Teen Takeover: Book Page Jewelry

    When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Please join us for creating special jewelry that involve pages of recycled books. Ages 12-18. Please call 706-748-2855 for more information.

  • 3D Printing 101

    When: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Teen Department

    Teens, learn how to create 3D objects and we'll print your design for free. Event open to teens ages 12 to 18.

  • Otaku Club

    When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Teens 12 to 18! Do you enjoy Manga, Anime, or Asian culture? Then join us as we explore all three through fun activities and anime watch parties.

  • Big Eyes, Small Mouth

    When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Teen Department

    Create your own character, fight monsters and other creatures, and travel across foreign lands in this anime style roleplaying game. Event open to teens ages 12 to 18.

  • Creative Crawlers

    When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Aflac Storytime Room

    Creative Crawlers is a drop-in social hour that encourages children to learn through play. flanChildren will be able to play through musical instruments, puppets, flannels, coloring, and more!

  • Tiny Tales (Ages 0-24 mo)

    When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

    Tiny Tales is a fun program that introduces babies and toddlers to books and language activities. Parents are encouraged to take on the role as their child's first teacher. Activities may involve stories, books, rhymes, music, movement, finger plays, puppets and educational toys.

  • Time for Tots

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Aflac Storytime Room

    Time for Tots is a fun, high-energy reading program that aids in children's speech development and motor coordination, while helping them gain valuable pre-reading skills. Activities may involve stories, books, language, rhymes, music, movement, puppets, and toys.

  • Get Your Game ON!

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Enjoy a weekly dose of your favorite game cravings such as Minecraft, video game consoles, coding activities, and much more! Games change weekly.

  • Lego League

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

    Want to be part of a team that will create an awesome project for competition? Call 706-243-2782 for details.

  • I say "Hello!" You say "Hola!" Spanish Class For Adults

    When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Friends of the Library Room

    Join us weekly to learn Spanish and volcabulary for interacting with neighbors and co-workers.

  • GED Adult Education Classes

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Need your GED? Columbus Technical College will be hosting FREE Adult Education classes at the South Columbus Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-2:30pm. Stop by the library during these days/times to register and/or get more information.

  • GED Classes @ Mildred L. Terry Public Library

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Friends of the Library Room

    Let Columbus Technical College Staff help you earn your GED in FREE, convenient evening classes! Classes are on Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Registration is required. 706-243-2782

  • One More Chapter Book Club

    When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Small Conference Room

    Join us each month for lively banter about each month’s popular new title, chosen from a variety of genres. Completion of the book is not required to join, newcomers welcome! This month’s selection is…..

    Thursday, January 25: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
    Thursday, February 22: The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
    Thursday, March 8: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
    Thursday, April 19: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

  • Genealogy Basics

    When: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Interested in learning how to research your family history? In this class we will learn how to navigate free online resources such as Ancestry.com Library edition, Heritagequest and much more. In addition, you will also receive a free template for creating your own family tree!

    Class size is limited, so prior registration is required. Please call 706-748-2855 to save your spot.

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