The Literature of Prescription

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” Exhibit and Lecture

yellow wall paper 3

In the late 19th century, women were excluded from political and intellectual life. Medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes.  Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional opportunities. The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is a traveling exhibit from the National Library of  Medicine. It will be on display from July 24th to September 2nd during normal library hours. Stop by and learn more about the author, the role of women during the late 1800s, and how she challenged those roles.

Dr. Tena Helton, English Department Chair at the University Helton-200x300of Illinois, Springfield will present on The Yellow Wall-Paper on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. Helton will discuss how Gilman crafted this story to indict prevailing thought about female “weakness” and “treatments.” She will not only talk about how the social politics of the day are on display but how literary craft like, figurative language and point of view, transforms politics into something more  impactful than a mere pamphlet or lecture.


Writers’ Group

The library’s Writers’ Group welcomes writers of all levels of experience and working in any genre to attend our meetings. Please email for more information or to be added to the group’s email list. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s conference room.pen-paper-1

Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m.:  I will provide a few prompts to choose from and we will do some writing during the meeting. Then everyone will share what they wrote. It should be a fun way to get some creative juices flowing.

Bitcoin Explained

Have you ever wanted to know what Bitcoin is and how it works? Darrell Fortae, of Everlast Software, will discuss the concepts of Bitcoin, and present a high level technical overview. Blockchain, encryption, mining, and public/private keys are just a few of the topics that will be discussed in the first half hour. Those that want to learn more of the technical aspects in details can stick around for the second half hour. You will also be able to get any of your questions answered in regards to Bitcoin.

Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.


Computer Class – Cloud Computing

Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab. Registration is preferred.

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.

Have you heard of the Cloud, but you’re not quite sure what that means or where to go to access it? During this class we’ll look at some common cloud applications and learn how easy and convenient cloud computing can be. cloudcomputing

Computer Scam Protection Seminar

Thursday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Darrell Fortae, owner of Everlast Software, will be here to give a presentation on how to computerscamprotect yourself online. There are many hackers and scammers out there.  They are getting more clever every day. There is a lot of money in scamming people, which is why it is so common on the Internet. Identity theft can be one of the worst results from a scam!  Come join our Computer Scam Protection Seminar to learn how to protect yourself.  We will cover computer, email, web site, and phone scams.  Don’t allow yourself to become a victim.