At the height of the race to build an atomic bomb, an indoor tennis court in Oakwood became a secret Manhattan Project laboratory. Polonium in the Playhouse: The Manhattan Project's Secret Chemistry Work in Dayton, Ohio by Linda Carrick Thomas presents the intriguing story of how this most unlikely site in Dayton, Ohio, became one of the most classified portions of the Manhattan Project. Book sale and signing to follow.
In place of our regular writing group meeting, Wright Library Poets will meet in the upstairs room at Flyboys Deli for an Open Mic. Want to share a favorite poem or something you’ve written yourself? Stop by! Bring family and friends. Everyone is welcome to help us celebrate National Poetry Month.
Wright Library's Book Club is reading the Miami Valley's BIG READ, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Everyone welcome. This event is part of the Miami Valley's BIG READ celebration. Free and open to the public.
Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, poet and Professor Emeritus at University of Dayton, performs the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar (1872-1906) was a friend of the Wright Brothers and the first African American Poet to be nationally recognized for his literary work, which included short stories, novels and poems. He was the son of former slaves, and his famous line, “I know why the caged bird sings”, was later used as the title of Maya Angelou’s first autobiography. Come experience the power of poetry and celebrate Paul Laurence Dunbar’s amazing legacy.