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Livestream Common Work of Art/K-State First Book Celebration 

Join Tara Coleman and Kathrine Schlageck in a live Zoom discussion of the First Book (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba) and the Beach Museum of Art Common Work of Art by Kansas artist Shirley Smith. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a reading of the children’s version of the The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon. 

Join the free program via ZOOM. To register in advance, go to: https://ksu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0rtLOHceSgWFSe-xUUSA5g
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the program. 

· Discussion of the First Book and Common Work of Art with Tara Coleman, Web Services Librarian, Associate Professor Kansas State University Libraries, Chair, K-State First Book and Kathrine Schlageck, Associate Curator of Education Beach Museum of Art followed by Q&A
· Live story time with the children’s version of the book
· Make your own paper pin wheel – instructional video – available on Beach Museum of Art Facebook Page at /BeachMuseumofArt

First Book:
Each year, the K-State Book Network selects a common reading for first year students, providing an intellectual experience they can share with other students and members of the Kansas State University community. The 2020 K-State First Book is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, an autobiography of young William Kamkwamba, who created a windmill from scrap materials and an old science books so that his Malawian village would have electricity and running water.

Beach Museum of Art Common Work of Art
Kansas-born artist and K-State graduate Shirley Smith’s untitled oil painting of a windmill has been chosen as the Common Work of Art to complement this year’s First Book. Like Kamkwamba, Smith grew up in an agricultural community in Kansas, and during the later years of her career her artwork reflected this. Spending the summers in Whitewater, Kansas she painted the farmland and its animals, including goats, sheep and pigs.

Thursday, September 3 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm