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January/February Adult Programming Scheduled

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to expand your educational horizons, Massanutten Regional Main Library has extensive adult programming lined up starting January 13.

Judith Townsend Rocchiccioli has always had a passion for writing and believes writing is good for the soul.   Rocchiccioli will be visiting author on Monday, January 13th and 27th, 1 PM. 

Rocchiccioli will discuss her three books, Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center, The Imposter, and Viral Intent at the first January session and will advise individuals on how to publish and market their writing at the January 27th session. 
Rocchiccioli is a native Virginian who holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia.  She has been a practicing clinical nurse for over 25 years and is currently a professor of Nursing at James Madison University.  She is also the author of numerous academic and health-related articles and documents.  Her novels are based on her clinical experiences and teaching in New Orleans and have received excellent reviews on Amazon. 

Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, Elizabeth Hoover, kicks off the February adult programming.  Hoover, a poet herself, received an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature at Indiana University.  She currently is conducting archival research on poet Robert Hayden and will be writing a full-length biography of Hayden.  She also is the author of three biographies for young adults.  Hoover’s “Furious Flower:  A Revolution in African American Poetry” presentation will be Monday, February 3, 1 PM, in the Grand Meeting Room of Main.

Book for the ‘Burg @ Your Library is for all who have read or who would enjoy a discussion of the book, Mountains Beyond Mountains:  The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder.  The book is about Paul Farmer, a Harvard-trained infectious disease specialist and anthropologist, his atypical childhood, and his work in rural Haiti and around the world.  Books are available for checkout at the Massanutten Regional Library, the James Madison University Library, both in hardcopy and e-book, the Eastern Mennonite University Library, and through the JMU Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.    One discussion of the Book for the ‘Burg will be held on Saturday, February 8, 1 PM at Massanutten Regional Main Library. 

Author John A. Cassara will discuss his book, Demons of Gadara, at the February 10, 1 PM meeting.  Formerly a covert intelligence officer during the Cold War and a Treasury Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service, Cassara has turned to writing since his retirement from the government.  Cassara has spent his career investigating money laundering, trade fraud, international smuggling, and has developed expertise in Middle East money laundering.  Cassara’s final assignment was with the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Keeping Up with Yesterday, a book about the historical and social issues regarding the Harrisonburg African American Community and authored by Professor Ruth M. Toliver, will be available for sale after the author’s formal presentation on February 24, 1 PM.
Toliver, a retired D.C. public school teacher and a Harrisonburg native, also planned and helped design an exhibit addressing “Education in Harrisonburg during Segregated Times” for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Dayton, Virginia. 

Events at Massanutten Regional Library are free and open to the public.  For additional information and an extensive schedule of adult programming through April, contact Cheryl Metz, 434.4475, ext. 129, or Cheryl Griffith, 434.4475, ext. 121.
Check out more speakers scheduled through your local media or check www.mrlib.org.

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