Mountains: A Literary History

Presented by April McGinnis
Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 21: 1 pm
Marion County Public Library

All are welcome! Free admission, free Fairmont downtown parking

About “Mountains: A Literary History”:

This talk will trace the history of mountains in literature from places of danger to places of awe. Perhaps more than any other landform, “the mountain” has been a locus for literary exploration. It has been presented as a symbol for opportunity, but also for obstruction and hindrance, a source of both inspiration and fear. Metaphorically, mountains represent the boundary between good and evil, between domestication and wilderness. To ascend a mountain, or to cross its range, is to undergo a transformation of the spirit and often of the body as well. During this discussion, we will look at the different ways in which authors from Thoreau to Tolkein (and beyond) have given shape and meaning to these impressive landforms.

About April McGinnis:

April McGinnis is a doctoral student at West Virginia University, where she studies ecocriticism and nineteenth-century literature. Her research explores those murky areas between science and art, and between nature and culture. April is co-founder and co-host of The Eco-Lit Project, a podcast about literature and the environment. She serves as Editorial Assistant for the academic journal Victorian Poetry and teaches undergraduate writing and literature.

Friends of the Marion County Public Library

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By joining the Friends of the Marion County Public Library, you will make a positive difference in the library services available to you and the community.

Volunteers from the friends group are instrumental in helping to promote library services, raise much needed funds for library programs, provide additional staffing to help ensure the success of family programming, purchasing equipment, programming awards, prizes, and promotional items.

As a volunteer  you will help improve the quality of our library and it’s services, and meet some great people at the same time!

About the Friends:
The Friends of the Marion County Public Library is a volunteer nonprofit organization made up of people who recognize the vital role the library plays in the community. It has been a long-standing organization  dedicated to provide support, service, and be an advocate for the library

Funds for Children and Adult Programs, summer reading programs, purchase books for library collection, provide money for projects not funded in the regular budget.

Reading, literacy, and library use

The Friends of the Marion County Public Library Used Book Cave housed in the lower level of the library on 321 Monroe Street, Fairmont, WV

Members, elected officials, and general public about the Marion County Public Library.

Community support for the Marion County Public Library.

The Friends welcome your donations of books and magazines for the Book Cave. Proceeds from the sale of donations benefit the Marion County Public Library. Donations can be dropped off during regular library hours at the circulation desk. Due to the dated information contained in encyclopedias and textbooks, we are not able to accept these. Large donations may be delivered to the back loading dock. Please call the library at 304-366-1210 ext. 111 to make arrangements.

Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Book Cave is located on the first floor of the library at 321 Monroe Street, and offers great prices on used books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs.