Friday, September 23, 2011


New book club at Hailey library

After submitting a grant proposal to the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the Hailey Public Library is one of 16 participants in this year's "Let's Talk About It" series of adult book clubs.

"Let's Talk About It" brings reading and discussing quality literature into the light of American values, history and culture. What sets it apart from ordinary book clubs is the addition of a program speaker.

"Our patrons love fresh perspective," said library Director LeAnn Gelskey. "We thank the Idaho Commission for Libraries and its partners for helping us give it to them."

Hailey's 2011 theme, "Idaho: Tough Paradise," reveals the Intermountain West as a place of extreme hardship and beauty.

For more information, contact the Hailey Public Library at 788-2036 or visit the library online at

Sudan 'lost boy' to speak

Valentino Achak Deng was 7 when civil war in Sudan began and government-armed militia groups destroyed his village. He was one of thousands of children who faced militia, aircraft bombers and wild animals during a trek across three deserts.

Deng spent nine years in exile in Ethiopia and Kenya, where he attended school and worked for development partners of the UN as a refugee youth leader, social advocate and educator. In 2001, he resettled in Atlanta.

His story of how he thrived in spite of his harsh foundation was fictionalized in a novel he helped author with Dave Eggers called "What Is the What."

In 2006, Deng and Eggers founded the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation to help rebuild South Sudanese communities by increasing access to educational opportunities. One of Deng's major initiatives in South Sudan has been the establishment and operation of a viable and community-driven educational center in his hometown of Marial Bai.

Deng is coming to speak about his life and his continuing efforts for universal education rights and the plight of his people at the Community School auditorium on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.

He will spend the following day among the students.

The event is free. For more information, call 622-3960.

Make time for 'The Music Man'

One of America's most beloved shows, "The Music Man," will be presented at the nexStage Theater on Main Street in Ketchum from Oct. 13-16.

The musical is appropriate for all ages and is being produced by the Family Main Stage program of St. Thomas Playhouse. Audiences will be entertained by the memorable songs and story of a flim-flam man trying to bamboozle the stoic citizens of 1912 Iowa.

The cast consists of community members from the ages of 5-75 under the direction of R.L. Rowsey, Dick Brown and Dennis Rexroad of Company of Fools.

Tickets are on sale at Iconoclast Books or at St. Thomas Church. Call Cherie at 726-5349, ext. 13.

Recital to be a study of Liszt

Franz Liszt was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher who became renowned throughout Europe for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. Contemporaries called him the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps of all time.

The Sun Valley Artist Series is presenting the pianist through the fingers and words of Janet Landreth, chair of the piano department at Colorado State University in a free concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.

There will be a free master class beforehand featuring pianists Sara Verst, Sam Brown, Jonathon Rasmussen, Jaci Rasmussen and Laura Sevy.

For more information, contact or call 725-5807.

Board approves online requirement

Calling it a major step in preparing Idaho students for their journey to be career/college ready, the Idaho State Board of Education has approved an administrative rule that requires two credits of online learning for high school graduation.

There will be a 21-day public comment period for people to give further input on the rule. The Legislature will then have an opportunity to review and approve the rule in January.

To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, visit

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