At the library
‘Ripple of Hope’ viewing Monday
Durham County Library will host a viewing of “A Ripple of Hope,” a documentary that dramatically retells the events of April 4, 1968, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside a Memphis hotel room.
The movie retraces the steps of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy as he absorbs the news of the killing and responds with courage and compassion. With digitally restored news footage and original music by Grammy-Award winning music director John Colby, “A Ripple of Hope” features interviews with congress members, Kennedy’s campaign staff and reporters.
The screening and a discussion after will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Katherine Charron of N.C. State University will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. Charron is an associate professor of history. She is the author of “Freedom’s Teacher: the Life of Septima Clark.”
Piedmont Laureate to speak Thursday
Durham County Library will host award-winning author and 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature John Claude Bemis at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane.
Bemis will share how Southern folklore, music and magic have inspired his writing, and will offer advice to writers of all ages on how to create engaging and unique stories. Following the talk, students will be invited onstage to act out a musical version of the legend of John Henry.
Bemis is an educator, musician and author of four novels, the most recent of which, “The Prince Who Fell from the Sky,” was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. A native of Pamlico County, Bemis taught elementary school for 13 years before receiving his master of education in literacy from UNC-Chapel Hill. Bemis’ novels draw inspiration from country and blues music, Southern folklore and his grandfather’s stories of train-hopping around the country. Bemis resides in Hillsborough with his wife and daughter.
‘One Night in Kernersville’ to be shown Saturday
Durham County Library will host filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman for a screening of his documentary film “One Night in Kernersville” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Set in the legendary recording studio of Mitch Easter, the film tells the story of musician and band leader John Brown, an associate professor of music at Duke University, who is about to live out his lifelong dream: making a big band jazz recording.
“Kernersville” was the winner of the Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short and the Best Cinematography Award from the Charlotte Film Festival and has been shown around the world. Following the film, Dorfman will lead a discussion on the relationship between reality and fiction in documentary storytelling. All ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Dorfman is an award winning Chilean-American multimedia filmmaker and a Durham resident for the past 25 years. His films have been shown in such prestigious film festivals as Toronto, Telluride, Edinburgh and Full Frame. He has written a number of films with his father, Ariel Dorfman, notably the BBC special “Prisoners of Time,” for which the father-son pair won the 1996 Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award for best television screenplay.
Dungeons and Dragons series coming up
Durham County Library will host the first of a new monthly series, Dungeons & Dragons in the Library, at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Dungeon Master John Davis will present an introduction and demo of the game targeted at new and returning players. Patrons are then invited to return to participate each month.
First published in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game where players take on the role of heroic characters like Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), Arya Stark (Game of Thrones), or Drizzt Do’Urden (Dark Elf trilogy), and work together to battle enemies, find treasure, and solve puzzles. It promotes collaboration, creative problem solving, and literacy.
Durham native Davis has been running D&D games for more than a decade, and has a special fondness for introducing new players to the game. He’s run intro-games for everyone from small children, to groups of improvisational comics, to bachelor parties.
For more information, contact John Davis at 919-560-0125 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
Wisler to hold writing workshop
Durham County Library will host local author Alice Wisler, as she provides tips on writing as a way of healing sorrow and pain. Wisler will share from her new book, “Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache” (Leafwood Publishers). A discussion on effective ways to reach others in sorrow will follow. This event will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Wisler has a degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University, and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She also founded Daniel’s House Publications, an organization that helps connect parents who are grieving over the loss of a child. She’s written five novels, all set in North Carolina, and her newest book was released in February of this year. Wisler lives in Durham, where she says she “enjoys crafting fun characters.”