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The Woman Behind Little Women

 

 
 

Louisa May Alcott:
The Woman Behind Little Women


Sandusky Library is pleased to present a series of programs about Louisa May Alcott, based on the documentary and book Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.

The Sandusky Library is one of 30 libraries nationwide to receive a grant to sponsor a series of reading, viewing, and discussion programs based on Louisa May Alcott's extraordinary life and work.

The grant is sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sandusky Library is the only library in Ohio to be chosen.

The grant program has been developed in conjunction with Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc., and Thirteen/WNET New York's American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen.

Sandusky Library's winning application offers a variety of programs this fall in collaboration with the Erie County Historical Society.

The project scholar is Sandy Zagarell of Oberlin College. The programs show the themes and works of Alcott, who is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few know Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who secretly wrote sensational thrillers, lived at the center of the Transcendentalist and Abolitionist movements, and served as a Civil War nurse.

“You don't need to be an enthusiast of Little Women to appreciate the Alcott story and the many similar themes reflected in Sandusky's history. We hope to attract a wide range of Sandusky residents, both reading the biography and attending the programs,” said Terri Estel, Assistant Director.

Several copies of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women have been purchased, as well as copies of Little Women and Alcott's lesser known works.

Area book clubs can contact the Library to reserve copies for their readers. Check out the upcoming programs listed on the events page.


 
 
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women is a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York's American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen. Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.